Following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, one of Hollywood’s top talent managers is shutting down his firm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Halle Berry’s former manager Vincent Cirrincione has shut down his eponymous agency, Vincent Cirrincione Associates, following allegations from a number of actresses who say he made unwanted sexual advances over a period of two decades.
The story was broken by The Washington Post, and the publication notes the alleged sexual harassments took place between 1993 and 2011.
Three of the women accused Cirrincione of presenting sex as a condition for his representation, saying he did not take them on as clients after they refused. One actress, who at the time had the man as her agent, claimed he masturbated in front of her in his office.
All the women told the news outlet they sought his representation because Cirrincione had a reputation for “boosting the careers of black actresses such as Berry and in later years Taraji P. Henson.”
None of the allegations against Cirrincione carry criminal charges and none of the women are currently seeking legal recourse.
Cirrincione admitted to pursuing consensual relationships with some of his clients, but denied any acts of sexual harassment in a statement to The Washington Post.
“We live in a time where men are being confronted with a very real opportunity to take responsibility for their actions,” he said. “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 colour.”
Continuing, “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 favours, 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,” concluded Cirrincione. “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.”
Meanwhile, two of Cirrincione’s most famous clients have offered statement distancing themselves from him.
“Over three years ago, a woman was on the radio saying that Halle Berry’s manager was her worst casting couch experience ever,” said Halle Berry in a statement. “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 also issued another statement via Instagram. “I’m sick after reading the horrifying detailed accounts of his abuse towards 9 women,” she wrote. “I’m livid that he used me, and the role model he helped me become, to lure and manipulate innocent, vulnerable women of colour for his predatory actions.”
Taraji P. Henson was more supportive of her manager, speaking positively about the pair’s relationship.
“He saw a single mother trying to make her dreams come true, and he nurtured that. 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,” the “Empire” star told the Post.
“He is always brutally honest with me about black women’s space in this industry,” she explained. “I just looked to him as a man who understood the black woman’s plight in the industry,” she added. “I never looked at him as a magical, mythical creature.”
Henson, however, had some harsher words to share later on, which she did in an Instagram post on Sunday in which she severed ties with Cirrincione.
“The news about my manager Vincent Cirrincione has shocked, hurt, offended and yet again put professional women in a position to not trust the men they work with,” she wrote. “I feel saddened, disappointed and ashamed. We deserve better. THIS HAS TO STOP!!!”
As THR reports, the now-defunct firm is currently informing its clients (which also include “Empire” star Jussie Smollett and Candice Patton of “The Flash”) of the company’s closure.