Boy-Bander Sues Ex-Manager, Several Industry Players Over Alleged Underage Sexual Abuse

Boy bander Ricky Garcia is suing his ex-manager, a former APA agent, and several music industry players for allegedly grooming and sexually assaulting him during his teenage years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Forever in Your Mind member says his “meteoric rise” was derailed because a group of industry execs preyed on him, claiming the alleged abuse began when he was just 12 years old. 

In a complaint filed Tuesday to the L.A. County Superior court, Garcia — who formed FIYM with two other musicians formed in 2013 after he was eliminated from The X Factor — says his ex-manager Joby Harte raped and sexually assaulted him “dozens of times” when he was underage.

The now-20-year-old claims Harte groomed him into a “sexual plaything that could be passed around his friends in the business,” including ex-APA agent Tyler Grasham and…