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In 2007, commercial agent Todd Shemarya decided to fight charges detailed in a lurid complaint made by a former assistant who accused him of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. He got absolution this week when a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled in his favor after deliberating for only a half-hour.
When Heather Devlin filed the case in November 2008, gossip pages pounced: “Top Hollywood agent“ Shemarya, whose clients include Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Leo DiCaprio, was being accused of terrorizing the office with racist and sexist behavior, stealing from clients and parading naked at work. He allegedly fired Devlin because she was a woman.
Shemarya isn’t exactly Ari Emanuel (he and his company, TSA Inc., broker endorsements, not movie deals). Nevertheless, he does know A-listers, and Devlin’s lawsuit threatened his business.
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