Dallasblack.com: Halle & Taraji Speak Out After Man Credited For Launching Their Careers Is Accused Of Sexually Harassing 9 Actresses Of Color

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Monday, February 05, 2018 10:46 AM

Halle & Taraji Speak Out After Man Credited For Launching Their Careers Is Accused Of Sexually Harassing 9 Actresses Of Color

By: Monya Fleming

Halle & Taraji Speak Out After Man Credited For Launching Their Careers Is Accused Of Sexually Harassing 9 Actresses Of Color
Vincent Cirrincione, 70, a white Hollywood agent who helped launch the careers of Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson has been accused of sexual harassment by nine different women.

Cirrincione's nine accusers, which includes eight black women and one Asian-American woman, came forward to accuse the Hollywood agent of sexual harassment over a 20 year period. 

Cirrincione reportedly attempted to lure clients by name-dropping Berry and Henson as his former clients.

Three women claimed Cirrincione demanded sex as a condition for him agreeing to represent them. Another woman said she was told he would further advance her career in exchange for monthly sexual encounters.

His accusers allege that he took advantage of young and vulnerable minority women trying to make it in show business.


Cirrincione responded to the allegations by releasing a statement. He admits he did pursue sexual relationships with a number of women, but denied requiring sex as a condition for him representing them.

He said in a statement, "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."

Cirrincione continued, "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."

Halle Berry stated that Cirrincione never acted inappropriately with her, but she dropped him as her agent three years ago when she learned of an allegation made against him.


Berry released a statement on Instagram over the weekend. 
👏👏👏#halleberry left her #manager of 25years because he lied to her about making sexual advances in exchange for #stardom. #movies #actress #empire #production #stage #acting #blessed #industry

She said, "Yesterday I was saddened by the allegations against my former manager, Vincent Cirrincione, but today I’m sick after reading the horrifying detailed accounts of his abuse towards 9 women. I’m livid that he used me, and the role model he helped me become, to lure and manipulate innocent, vulnerable women of color for his predatory actions. I’m deeply hurt and I want these women and countless others to know I see you. I heard you. You matter. I will fight for you."


"Empire" star Taraji Henson said that she never heard of inappropriate behavior from Cirrincione in the years he represented her. 

Henson said, "I’ve never had any issue with this on any level. He totally respected me."


Taraji stated that Cirrincione was like a "father figure" to her, even helping her pay her rent, pay child care, and even her son's tuition. 

The actress said, "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."

😓💔💔💔🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾


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