The man behind the careers of Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson is now being accused of sexual harassment by nine minority women. Vincent Cirrincione, who currently manages Taraji P. Henson, and represented Halle Berry until 2015, is being accused of sexual harassment by nine women in a story published Friday in The Washington Post.
Three women, Tamika Lamison, Peppur Chambers and Letha Remington, went on the record with their claims against the manager, and six women withheld their name for fear of reprisal to their family and regarding their relationships in the industry. The Post says that it interviewed each of the women separately, as well as family, friends and others that women had told their stories to over the course of three months.
The allegations of harassment span over two decades, from 1993 to 2011. Three of the women allege to the newspaper that Cirrincione asked them for sex as a condition of his taking them on as clients, and that when they refused he would not represent them. One woman said Cirrincione offered to help her career if she agreed to have sex with him on a monthly basis. Another said that the manager masturbated in front of her during meetings in his office when he represented her. Six of the women said that they had either abandoned careers in entertainment or put them on hold as a result of experiences with Cirrincione.
Cirrincione admitted to the newspaper that he had affairs “while in committed relationships” but denied all claims that he had “used favors, sexual or otherwise, as a reason for managing anyone” or engaged in non-consensual relationships.
“I take responsibility for my part in the situation and I am not here to diminish anyone’s feelings or experiences. I apologize to these women, my past and present partner, my clients and employees for the pain this is bringing them. I was under the impression I was living my life as a supportive man to women. It is with a heavy heart that I see now I was wrong,” he said.
Besides Berry and Henson, Cirroncione has managed the careers of Annie Ilonzeh, Elise Neal, Ruben Santiago Hudson, James Lesure and Shondrella Avery. Over the years his company, Vincent Cirroncione & Associates, had become known for representing minorities, particularly women of color.
In a statement to Post, Berry said that she had severed ties with Cirrincione three years ago after hearing an allegation of sexual misconduct involving him on the radio. “That news literally stopped me in my tracks. I immediately confronted Vince about it, and he denied it completely. But even with his denial, something didn’t feel right in my spirit, and with the possibility that it could be true, I immediately ended our over-25-year relationship,” Berry said. Cirrincione told the Post that he did not recall ever discussing sexual misconduct allegations with Berry and that they severed ties amicably. “She did not leave abruptly,” he said.
Henson said in a statement to the Post that she had never heard of or seen any misconduct from Cirrincione. “I’ve never had any issue with this on any level,” Henson said. “He totally respected me.”
No criminal allegations against Cirrincione have been made and none of the women have sought legal recourse.
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