Ac­tor files sex­ual as­sault com­plaint in Lon­don

Jack Ed­wards al­leges Hol­ly­wood agent Tyler Grasham groped him when he was 15.

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Gus Gar­cia-Roberts gus.gar­cia-roberts@la­times.com

Lon­don po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a crim­i­nal com­plaint against for­mer Hol­ly­wood agent Tyler Grasham that al­leges he sex­u­ally as­saulted a 15-year-old boy there in 2010.

Jack Ed­wards, now 23, ini­ti­ated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion when he filed a com­plaint with Lon­don’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice on Mon­day.

Ed­wards had pre­vi­ously al­leged in an interview and state­ment pro­vided to the Los Angeles Times that Grasham, then an agent with Bev­erly Hills-based Agency for the Per­form­ing Arts, or APA, had or­dered him sev­eral al­co­holic drinks and given him a pill to swal­low be­fore fondling the teenager in a Lon­don ho­tel room.

On Thurs­day, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice con­firmed that the depart­ment had re­ceived the “al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault” and was in­ves­ti­gat­ing it.

The Times re­ported last Fri­day that at least nine young men, most of them ac­tors, had ac­cused the agent of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing or ha­rass­ing them in in­ci­dents span­ning the last decade.

Ed­wards is the third ac­cuser known to have filed a crim­i­nal com­plaint against Grasham since last month.

APA fired Grasham, who had spent more than a decade as an agent there, on Oct. 20, af­ter the first few ac­cusers went pub­lic. Grasham has not yet made any pub­lic state­ment in re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions, and did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a phone mes­sage from a reporter Thurs­day seek­ing com­ment on the Lon­don po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a state­ment, an APA spokesper­son said that the agency’s “pri­mary con­cern is — and al­ways has been — the safety and se­cu­rity of our clients and em­ploy­ees, and we will fully co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties as they con­duct their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Ed­wards pro­vided what he said was a copy of the re­port he filed with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice. The re­port largely mir­rors the state­ment he had pre­vi­ously pro­vided to The Times, de­scrib­ing Grasham — who was in Lon­don with an­other ac­tor client — buying drinks for Ed­wards be­fore they ended up in the agent’s room at the San­der­son Ho­tel in Lon­don’s SoHo area. There, Ed­wards al­leged in the po­lice re­port, Grasham gave him a pill to calm his anx­i­eties, “and the rest of the evening was a blur.”

“I re­mem­ber his wan­der­ing hands ex­plor­ing my gen­i­tals and not hav­ing the courage or phys­i­cal strength to move him,” Ed­wards al­leged of Grasham in the re­port.

Ed­wards said that he left the ho­tel room “feeling con­fused and dirty.”

He told The Times that af­ter fil­ing the re­port on­line, he was in­ter­viewed in per­son by po­lice Wed­nes­day. Ed­wards said he planned to for­ward the re­port to the Los Angeles Po­lice Depart­ment, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the other two known crim­i­nal com­plaints filed against Grasham.

A 20-year-old ac­tor and a 27-year-old film edi­tor each re­cently filed sex­ual as­sault com­plaints against Grasham with the LAPD, which has said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

THE RE­PORT filed by ac­tor Jack Ed­wards, above, is the third crim­i­nal com­plaint of sex­ual as­sault made against Tyler Grasham, who was an agent for the Agency for the Per­form­ing Arts in Bev­erly Hills.

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