Garcia, who formed FIYM in 2013 after being eliminated from the X Factor, has since taken to Instagram to post a statement about the lawsuit. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). By the time Garcia was 16, Harte sexually assaulted him “on an almost weekly basis,” the lawsuit claims. The actor and singer found fame after he was chosen by Simon Cowell to form a boyband on the talent show, but the 20-year-old has accused Joby Harte of sexual assault and rape from the age of 12 onwards. ‘It’s just a matter of talking about this to people and letting your close ones know that it’s not okay. Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for Sept. 12 are here. Former Disney Channel star Ricky Garcia, now 20, alleges Joby Harte of Hot Rock Media abused him from the age of 12 and throughout his teenage years, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in LA County Superior Court. Market data provided by Factset. When confronted, Harte allegedly tried to brush the abuse off as “horseplay,” according to the suit. Beyoncé gifts new Ivy Park collection to Kerry Washington, Kehlani and more, How new ‘RHONY’ star Eboni K. Williams unwinds, Kaia Gerber and Jacob Elordi make relationship official with Halloween costumes, The best Wi-Fi extenders for boosting your internet connection range, Best Buy's 27 biggest early Black Friday deals of 2020, Thanksgiving meal kits and delivery services for an easy holiday feast, Michaels takes up to 50 percent off Christmas trees for holiday sale, Why people are buying $20 Chanel cotton: Inside the viral TikTok trend, More Treats, Less Tricks On ‘SNL’ Halloween Episode, Thanks To Guest Host John Mulaney’s Steady Hand, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, How Johnny Depp judge ruled on each alleged assault of Amber Heard, UK judge rules on who really pooped in Johnny Depp's bed, Johnny Depp's lawyers vow to appeal 'flawed' and 'bewildering' libel loss, Johnny Depp loses London libel case involving ex Amber Heard, How the late Steve Bing blew $600M on women, movies, gambling — and Bill Clinton, Kendall Jenner slammed over Halloween birthday party amid COVID-19 pandemic, Nikki McKibbin, former 'American Idol' contestant, dead at 42, ABC exec reveals why ‘Bachelorette’ Clare Crawley was replaced, William and Harry's royal rift was sealed by fate — and Diana, says author, Robert F. Smith's yearlong, $59 million Chelsea penthouse build nears finish line, Ed O'Neill got a huge pay raise and Porsche for re-signing on 'Married ... with Children', New Edition's Ralph Tresvant got ambushed by an amorous fan in a maid costume, Common gushes over 'incredible' girlfriend Tiffany Haddish, Tom Brady loses it, slams helmet repeatedly. Ricky Garcia has claimed his British manager raped him from the age of 12, Joby Harte is at the centre of abuse claims, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Garcia claims Harte would regularly get him blackout drunk, where he would awake the next morning naked next to Harte in his bed. “Defendant Harte, the ringleader, employed the well-worn pedophile playbook of grooming and seduction,” the suit reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Tragically, and as alleged by him under oath in the complaint, high powered male entertainment industry executives, led by his former manager Joby Harte, who were responsible for nurturing his career, instead sexually preyed on his economic and emotional vulnerability, and sexually assaulted and raped him. We've received your submission. Ricky was 14 when he auditioned for The X Factor US season three; he was eliminated during the boot camp round but Simon Cowell asked him to return along with Emery Kelly, 16, and teamed them with Jon Klaasen to form a trio he named Forever in Your Mind. Harte is the host of the Hub Network (now Discovery Family) TV show Majors & Minors, which premiered on 23 September 2011. However, the subtle advances later culminated ¿in Harte intoxicating [Garcia], stripping him naked and raping him¿, the singer claims, Garcia, who starred in Disney¿s ¿Best Friends Whenever¿, also claims Harte groomed him from a young age to be a ¿sexual plaything that could be passed around his friends in the business¿, including his associates ex-APA agent Tyler Grasham and manager producer Nils Larsen, Garcia (pictured in 2013) says Harte's abused started when he was just 12-years-old, Garcia formed FIYM with the help of Simon Cowell in 2013, after being eliminated in the X Factor's boot camp round, On one specific occasion, Harte is said to have organized a two-night ¿songwriting session¿ in 2014, without his parents at Catalina Island.
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