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Singer Ricky Garcia Accuses Manager of Sexual Assault

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 13, 2019

Garcia thanked his fans for their support on Instagram
Garcia thanked his fans for their support on Instagram  (Source:@realrickygarcia/Instagram)

Ricky Garcia, of the boy band Forever in Your Mind, has filed a lawsuit against his former manager for repeated sexual assault over a period of years. The accusations include drugging and repeated rape.

The suit alleges that manager Joby Harte raped Garcia, 20, while representing him, beginning when Garcia was 12 years old.

According to NBC News, the suit also "alleges that Harte 'groomed Garcia into his personal sexual plaything that could be passed around to his friends in the business,' including talent manager Nils Larsen and Tyler Grasham, who was fired from the Agency for the Performing Arts in 2018 after a filmmaker accused him of sexual assault."

Garcia appeared on "The X Factor," starred on the Disney Channel comedy "Best Friends Whenever" and co-starred in the film "Bigger Fatter Liar." According to NBC, he believed that "if he disclosed what happened to him, he would lose his career, friends, band mates and family."

Garcia's attorneys Michael S. Popok and Ben Meiselas released a statement about the suit, saying:

"Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped forward to join the #metoo movement, to reclaim his dignity and declare that victims like him must be heard."

The suit, which was filed in L.A. County Superior Court Tuesday, is seeking punitive and compensatory damages. According to Page Six, Garcia released a statement on social media reading:

"Sadly, I know my experience is just one of many and I hope my actions today will help others who experienced abuse to know that they are not alone and that there are people in the world fighting for them."

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