Taraji P. Henson and Halle Berry have both spoken after nearly 10 women accused their former manager, Vincent Cirrincione, of sexual misconduct.
He managed Henson and Berry in the past and reportedly used his success with the actresses to bring in other women.
Taraji P. Henson And Halle Berry Speak
Berry was the first to speak on the news the day after it made headlines. She took to Instagram to call out Cirrincione.
“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,” wrote Berry.
She went on to say that she was extremely upset that her name was part of the process when it came to her former manager recruiting other women. She ended with a message for the victims in which she recognized their hurt and vowed to defend them.
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Henson also spoke on Instagram the next day. She said she was “shocked, hurt” and “offended by Cirrincione’s alleged actions. She said it is all too common these days and added that it causes women to feel uncomfortable with the men they work with closely.
She said she has hope that these accusations and many others will spark a change in the course of how female actresses, singers, and entertainers are handled. She pointed out that without trust, “true art” cannot be created, developed, and shared with others.
“We deserve better. THIS HAS TO STOP!!!” said Henson at the end.
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Two of the women who came forward said Cirrincione was recognized for his ability to market African-American women in the entertainment industry. They said they believed his notoriety helped him to lure in women and ultimately perform sexual misconduct.
One accuser, filmmaker Tamika Lamison, said that Berry even once called Cirrincione just minutes before she started her audition with him. Still, Lamison said he quickly got physical with her. Thankfully, she was able to fight him off for good.
Vincent Cirrincione's Statement
Cirrincione, who is accused of sexual misconduct from 1993-2011, released a statement in which he admitted to getting sexual. He said, however, he never made the women trade sexual favors for him finding them work or representing them.
“I have had affairs while in committed relationships, ones that I am now ashamed to say are coming to light and shading my past and my reputation,” said Cirrincione. “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 none of those relationships were anything but consensual."