by Tiffany Fitzhenry, Tiffany Fitzhenry:
The big news out of Hollywood today is that New Line DC has announced the release date for Shazam 2! It’s such a big deal it’s trending on Twitter!
What’s not trending on twitter is the fact that the movie’s child star Asher Angel is represented by one Joby Harte.
On September 11th, Ricky Garcia, 20, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior court against Joby Harte (among others) as the main perpetrator of years of child sex abuse.
Former Disney Channel star Garcia says Joby Harte, his ex-manager, sexually assaulted him from the age of 12 and throughout his teenage years, and passed him around as a “sexual plaything” to other industry pedophiles.
According to Garcia’s lawyer, Joby Harte used the “well-worn pedophile playbook of grooming and seduction” by initially having conversations with Garcia about sexuality, showing him porn and later plying him with alcohol before raping him, the suit alleges.
By the time Garcia was 16, Harte sexually assaulted him “on an almost weekly basis,” the lawsuit claims.
What the public doesn’t know, but all of Hollywood very much does, is that Asher Angel, the child star of DC & Warner Brothers/New Line Shazam, is currently still being represented by Joby Harte. And with the striking of the deal for Shazam 2, Harte stands to be rewarded handsomely.
Given the accusations and current lawsuit against Joby Harte it’s incredibly curious why Asher Angel (or more accurately Asher Angel’s parents) would continue to employ Joby Harte as Asher’s manager, and maintain, as they do according to a source familiar with the situation, an extremely close relationship with him.
It’s perhaps ever more curious why Warner Brother’s, DC Entertainment and New Line would strike what is sure to be an incredibly lucrative deal on behalf of Angel with Harte, a man who is representing a child at the same time he’s being sued by a former child client for the most heinous and sinister charges of abuse.
When victims speak out, as Ricky Garcia has so bravely done, and Hollywood continues to openly work with and reward people like Joby Harte, they are re-harming these child victims all over again, whom they failed to protect in the first place.