A former Disney Channel star and member of the boy band Forever in Your Mind denounces his former manager and various other music industry performers and quotes years of sexual abuse from the age of twelve.
Ricky Garcia, now 20, accuses his former manager Joby Harte, 37, of raping and sexually assaulting him & # 39; dozens of times & # 39; during his pre-teens and teens, with the abuse reportedly on a & # 39; weekly basis & # 39; After his sixteenth birthday, a new criminal complaint was filed in LA claims.
Garcia, who played the lead role in Disney & # 39; s & # 39; Best Friends Whenever & # 39 ;, also claims that Harte looked after him from an early age as a & # 39; sexual toy that could be passed on around his friends in the company & # 39 ;, including his employees former APA agent Tyler Grasham and manager producer Nils Larsen.
& # 39; Suspect Harte, the leader, used the worn-out pedophile playbook of care and seduction, & # 39; Garcia & # 39; s lawyers Ben Meiselas and Michael Popok write in the complaint, which was obtained by DailyMail.com.
"He focused on an economically and emotionally vulnerable pre-teen and his parents. He then cared for and seduced the child's mother to let her lay her defense and give him unimpeded access to her son, making her an unconscious accomplice in his corruption. & # 39;
Ricky Garcia, now 20, has accused his former manager, Joby Harte, of him & # 39; dozens of times & # 39; having been raped and sexually abused during his pre-teens and teens, with the alleged abuse on a & # 39; weekly basis & # 39; took place after his sixteenth birthday, a new criminal complaint filed in LA claims
According to Garcia's lawyers, Hartes started alleged care techniques slowly, including talking to Garcia about his own sexuality, sexual history, before showing him pornography and sex toys. Subtle progress, however, later reached & # 39; in Harte intoxicating (Garcia), stripping him naked and raping & # 39 ;, the singer claims
Garcia, who played the lead role in & # 39; Best Friends Whenever & # 39; from Disney, also claims that Harte cared for him from an early age as a & # 39; sexual toy that could be passed on around his friends in the company & # 39; including his co-workers former APA agent Tyler Grasham (left) and manager producer Nils Larsen (right)
According to Garcia & # 39; s lawyers, Harte – who owns Hot Rock Media – allegedly began slowly with his apparent grooming techniques, including that he occasionally spoke to Garcia about his own sexuality, sexual history, before showing him pornography and urged him to try out his sex toys.
Subtle progress, however, later reached & # 39; in Harte intoxicating (Garcia), stripping him naked and raping him & # 39 ;, the singer claims.
In the coming years, with his "defense and psyche in tatters," Garcia accuses Harte of abusing his client every week, and also making him "available" to be abused by Grasham and Larsen, too.
Garcia claims that Harte would make him drunk regularly, where he would wake up naked the next morning in his bed next to Harte.
On a specific occasion, Harte would have organized a cross-country session at number 2 in 2014 on Catalina Island, without the parents of his Garcia.
Garcia says that Harte made him drunk from a deadly cocktail of tequila and vodka before he blacked out and woke up hours later in Harte's bed.
When questioning what happened to his manager, Harte apparently replied that Harte had undressed him and bathed him because he had vomited everywhere before he fainted.
Garcia (photo in 2013) says that the abuse of Harte started when he was only 12 years old
Garcia formed FIYM with the help of Simon Cowell in 2013, after being eliminated in the bootcamp round of the X Factor
On a specific occasion, Harte would have organized a two-day "songwriting session" in 2014, without his parents on Catalina Island. Garcia says that Harte made him drunk from a deadly cocktail of tequila and vodka before he blacked out and woke up hours later in Harte's bed. When questioning what happened to his manager, Harte apparently replied that Harte had undressed him and bathed him because he had vomited everywhere before he fainted
On his seventeenth birthday, Garcia said he was showering in a hotel resort when Harte entered the stable and the teenager forced him to masturbate until he ejaculated.
Grasham has been accused by Garcia of sexually suggestive remarks towards him and licking his toes, while Larsen reportedly grabbed his penis over his pants during a concert in 2016.
In the complaint, Garcia says that he did not tell anyone about the experiences until March 2018, because he was afraid that pronouncing would derail his career and cause him to lose friends and his band members.
In the end, Garcia let the former assistant of Harte slip, who in turn told his mother.
When Garcia's mother confronted Harte, he tried to let it continue as "horseplay" but did not deny the accusations. Garcia claims that Harte admitted that he & # 39; did not behave like an adult & # 39 ;.
Garcia sues Harte, Grasham, Larsen, Hot Rock Media and its CEO Joby Harte, Cohen / Thomas Management and its partners Sheri Andersen Thomas and Paul Cohen, as well as APA.
In the complaint, Garcia says that he didn't tell anyone about the experiences until March 2018, because he was afraid that speaking would derail his career and cause him to lose friends and his band members
Garcia has since gone to Instagram to post a statement about the lawsuit
The 20-year-old is accusing the companies of ratifying the attack by "promoting a sexual abuse culture in their offices" and failing to take action to prevent the attack, although they knew or should have known it before others had happened.
Grahsam was fired from APA in October 2017, amid various allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Garcia, who founded FIYM in 2013 after being eliminated from the X factor, has since gone to Instagram to post a statement about the lawsuit.
"Today was one of the most difficult days of my life," the position begins. "Unfortunately, I know that my experience is just one of many and I hope that today's actions will help others who have abused knowing that they are not alone and that it is people in this world who are fighting for them.
& # 39; You are not alone. This can happen to anyone you know. It's just a matter of talking to people about this and letting your loved ones know it's not right. & # 39;
His lawyers today also issued a joint statement to DailyMail.com condemning Harte for years of sexual abuse.
"Our client, Ricky Garcia, was a preteen and teenage music and an actress in the making. Tragically, and as he claimed under oath in the complaint, executives in the male entertainment industry led by his former manager Joby Harte, who were responsible for nurturing his career, sexually prey to his economic and emotional vulnerability, and sexually abused and raped him.
In a distorted way, they inflicted injuries and shame on our client that have derailed his promising career and will cost him a lifetime to recover from. Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped forward to join the # metoo movement, reclaim his dignity and declare that victims like him should be heard. & # 39;
Joby Harte has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment.
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