In an emotional post on Twitter, Halle Berry has opened up about new sexual assault allegations brought against her former manager, Vincent Cirrincione.
It was reported in January 2016 that Berry had parted ways with Cirrincione, having worked with him for twenty years. Now, Berry is making it clear that she is “livid” regarding the abuse her former manager carried out while she was working with him.
She said, “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 toward 9 women.”
“I’m livid that he 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 women and countless others to know I see you. I hear you. You matter. I will fight for you.”
Cirrincione allegedly coerced aspiring actresses for his own benefit, promising them roles in return for sexual favors. According to USA Today, Cirrincione would apparently namedrop Berry and Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, showcasing their work as his success stories.
The Washington Post spoke to the nine women accusing Cirrincione of sexual misconduct, detailing the extremely troubling abuse that appears to have been carried out by a man in a powerful position.
In particular, The Washington Post highlights the fact that several of the women said “they viewed Cirrincione, who is white, as an important gatekeeper for black actresses in an industry notoriously difficult to break into.” The nine women accusing Berry’s former manager—”eight African Americans and one Asian American”—were allegedly subjected to this sexual misconduct, and immense abuse of power, over a period of two decades.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US