A total of nine women have come forward to the Washington Post, accusing Hollywood manager Vincent Cirrincione of unwanted sexual advances over a period of two decades. Allegedly, he used Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson’s careers as bait.
While the truth about men using their power for sexual favors in Hollywood is unfortunate, I’m glad people are being exposed, hopefully leading to a better working environment down the line. Vincent Cirrincione is the latest person who has been accused.
According to the Washington Post, the nine women include eight African Americans and one Asian American. The allegations of Cirrincione’s inappropriate conduct span from 1993 to 2011. Cirrincione hasn’t been accused of rape or other criminal allegations by the nine women. The women stayed silent because they feared career repercussions.
Cirrincione has released a statement, saying:
We live in a time where men are being confronted with a very real opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. I support this movement wholeheartedly. I have had female clients and employees my entire career in this industry. I have built a reputation for advancing the careers of women of color.
I have had affairs while in committed relationships, ones I am now ashamed to say are coming to light and shading my past and my reputation. I can say without a doubt that I have never used favors, sexual or otherwise, as a reason for managing anyone. I want to make it clear that not one of those relationships were anything but consensual.
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.
Of course, Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson had to step in, considering the seriousness of this situation. Halle Berry, a supporter of the Time’s Up movement, took to social media to share her opinion.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) February 3, 2018
Halle told the Washington Post she ended her partnership with Cirrincione more than three years ago after hearing about a misconduct allegation over the radio.
“Over three years ago, a woman was on the radio saying that Halle Berry’s manager was her worst casting couch experience ever. 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,” said Halle.
She also added that while her manager, whom she met in 1988, never made an inappropriate gesture toward her, she has always had a “no-tolerance policy when it came to such matters.”
Coming to Taraji P. Henson, who Cirrincione managed for two decades, she told the Washington Post she “has never heard of nor witnessed any inappropriate behavior by Cirrincione toward women.” She was always respected by Cirrincione, regarding him as a “father figure” who has helped her many times.
“He saw a single mother trying to make her dreams come true, and he nurtured that,” Henson said. “He wrote checks and wouldn’t ask for anything in return. It wasn’t coming from a creepy place. If anything, it empowered me. Like this man believes in me. I love him for that.”
Cirrincione and Henson are producing partners. Both worked on Henson’s latest film Proud Mary together. Furthermore, Henson’s publicist, Pam Sharp, is also Cirrincione’s longtime girlfriend.
As of writing this, Henson is yet to say anything specifically related to the nine women who came forward or if she’ll stop working with him, like how Gal Gadot didn’t want Brett Ratner to continue as a producer on the Wonder Woman sequel.
Right now, Henson could conceivably come across as someone who doesn’t really care about taking a step because what the nine women allege didn’t happen to her or affect her career.
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