Taraji P. Henson Just Spoke Out About the Allegations Against Her and Halle Berry’s Manager
UPDATE: Sunday, February 4
Taraji P. Henson also issued a statement about her manager Sunday morning. “The news about my Manager Vincent Cirrincione has shocked, hurt, offended, and yet again put professional women in a position to not trust the men they work with,” it read. “Everyone knows how difficult this Industry has been for women and my hope is that all of these unspeakable events ignite true change in the treatment of women in this entertainment business.”
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News broke on Friday that Halle Berry’s former manager and Taraji P. Henson’s current manager, Vincent Cirrincione, has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women in a story published by The Washington Post. Berry, who ended her business relationship with Cirrincione three years ago after hearing rumors of sexual misconduct, opened up about her anger on Friday night.
Cirrincione had become known for helping women of color break into the entertainment industry after he helped raise Berry to stardom. But when eight African American women and one Asian American woman sought his representation, they allege he met them with sexually inappropriate behavior. According to The Washington Post, he allegedly asked some women for sex as a condition for working with them and when they refused, he would not take them on. One woman alleges he masturbated in front of her during the time he managed her.
“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,” the actress said in an Instagram post.
“I’m livid that 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 woman and countless others to know I see you. I hear you. You matter. I will fight for you,” she said.
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This message comes after a statement that Berry issued earlier in the day, saying, “Over three years ago, a woman was on the radio saying that Halle Berry’s manager was her worst casting couch experience ever. That news literally stopped me in my tracks. I immediately confronted Vince about it, and he denied it completely,” she said. “But even with his denial, something didn’t feel right in my spirit, and with the possibility that it could be true, I immediately ended our over-25-year relationship.”
Berry, who has been a supporter for the Women’s March and Times Up Movement, said that while she never had any inappropriate experiences with Cirrincione, she has a “no tolerance policy” when it comes to allegations of misconduct.
Henson, however, said she never heard any kind of accusations. “I’ve never had any issue with this on any level,” she told The Washington Post. “He totally respected me.”
Cirrincione admitted to having affairs during his career, but maintains that they were all consensual and that he did not ask for sexual favors in return for representation.
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