An actress is suing the popular talent agency CAA and one of its agents, claiming the agent sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.
Demi Mann filed suit on Thursday against Cameron Mitchell — who represents celebrities like Common, Gabrielle Union, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Ludacris, Terence Howard and Will Packer — alleging he sexually harassed and assaulted her countless times over the course of a year and a half and that CAA did nothing about it after she tried to report the incidents, according to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Mann said she met Mitchell at a Coffee Bean where he made false promises of being her agent and mentor and teased roles and auditions, saying there was an “unwritten rule” that actresses were given parts by sleeping with their manager.
She said Mitchell named two stars who he said got their “real star in Hollywood” by doing just that and that he used his power and position to gain her trust so that she would have sex with him.
Mann recalled one incident in June where he told her to come over, saying he had a “present” for her, but when she showed up he showered, came out of the bathroom in towel and forced her to perform oral sex, the lawsuit obtained by THR states.
A similar encounter occurred months later in August when she accompanied to an event where she was told they would discuss a contract. He urged her to drink, invited her into his car and after she set boundaries saying she only wanted a professional relationship — referencing he had a wife and kids — he became angry and once again forced her to perform oral sex.
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The documents state that she fled the vehicle, crying.
In the most recent incident, Mann recalls waking up in her bed with Mitchell naked next to her and was pulling her on top of him.
The only thing she remembered from the night before was meeting him at SkyBar in West Hollywood. Otherwise, she had no memory of the evening.
On Oct. 13, she contacted CAA’s human resources department but claims no one would meet with her.
“CAA coldly divorced itself from the matter, refused to take any action, and advised Plaintiff in no uncertain terms that she would have to be solely responsible for her own safety,” attorney Paul Philips wrote in the complaint.
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Philips claimed CAA’s conduct was “unlawful.”
The company issued a statement to THR, declining to comment on the specific accusations.
CAA said in a statement, “Although we do not comment on pending litigation nor specific personnel matters, we take allegations of this nature seriously, investigate them promptly and thoroughly, and take appropriate action.”
Mann is suing for assault, battery, sexual harassment, sexual battery, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and unfair business practices and negligence, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
CAA fired Mitchell, an agency spokesperson confirmed. A rep for Mitchell told the Daily News that he “emphatically denies” the allegations.
Mann’s accusations come after Terry Crews publicly accused top WME agent Adam Venit of groping his genitals at a Hollywood party in 2016.