Vincent Cirrincione, a Hollywood manager who has shaped the careers of mostly Black actresses, is the latest to be hit with sexual assault accusations. Now, his two biggest clients, Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, have come forward with statements in response.
Cirrincione faces accusations from nine women — eight who are Black women and one who is Asian-American. The Washington Post reported Friday, Feb. 2 that the allegations occurred between the years 1993 and 2011. Masturbation in front of a client, sex in exchange for representation and an offer to boost another’s career in exchange for monthly sex are among the claims. One woman also alleged Cirrincione touted his success in managing Berry and Henson to proposition hopeful stars.
And while Cirrincione told The Post in a statement that he “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 not one of those relationships were anything but consensual.”
In response to the ouster, Berry, who cut ties with Cirrincione in 2015, tweeted in part, “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.”
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) February 4, 2018
The next day, Henson posted her own Instagram message.
“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,” she wrote before concluding, “I feel saddened, disappointed, and ashamed. We deserve better. This has to stop!!!”
It is unclear if the “Proud Mary” actress has since parted ways with Cirrincione.