1:22pm PT by Ashley Cullins
CAA Agent Cameron Mitchell Fired Following Sexual-Assault Lawsuit
CAA agent Cameron Mitchell is no longer employed by the company, the agency confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
Actress Demi Mann claimed Mitchell was her agent and that he sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions in the past six months. She said CAA's human-resources department ignored her report. She sued both Mitchell and the company on Thursday.
Mitchell represented Will Packer, Common, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union and Reginald Hudlin, among many other clients. He joined CAA in January 2013, coming from ICM Partners.
The mega-agency deviated from standard protocol to address the current situation, issuing a thorough statement on the situation despite a general policy of not commenting on pending litigation. While CAA maintains Mann was never a client, the agency confirms it investigated her allegations, spoke with her multiple times and suspended Mitchell, pending the completion of the investigation.
But, after Mann filed her lawsuit, CAA received new information that it didn't have during the investigation, and that led to Mitchell's departure.
"To the extent Mr. Mitchell formed a personal relationship with Ms. Mann, it was solely that, and outside the bounds of a professional relationship between CAA and Ms. Mann," reads the statement. "With respect to Ms. Mann’s specific accusations against CAA, the agency categorically denies them and will vigorously defend itself in the litigation."
Mitchell emphatically denies the allegations made in Mann's sexual-assault lawsuit, according to a detailed response from his reps that was sent to THR.
"Mitchell is adamant that the allegations are not only false, but egregious," said Jo-Ann Geffen in a Friday email. "Approximately two months ago, just two days after Mitchell communicated that he could no longer consider representation of Mann at CAA, she contacted HR at the agency with complaints against Mitchell. Mann’s allegations appear to be a calculated attempt to justify remaining in the U.S., as she is here on a temporary visa."
The agent also contends that CAA's investigation concluded that the charges were unfounded.
“In the current climate, it is not unexpected that there will be individuals willing to make unfounded complaints in an attempt to dig into deep pockets,” said Mitchell’s attorney, Stephen Larson, in a statement. “It is sad that Ms. Mann has chosen to take this path.”
Mann's attorney, Paul Philips, tells THR the contention that his client was never represented by CAA is contrary to both Mitchell's statements and actions and those of the agency's staff. He also denies that Mitchell ever told Mann that he was separating from his representation of her.
"Mr. Mitchell and CAA continued corresponding with Ms. Mann about meetings and entertainment projects right up until the day when she called CAA's Human Resources department to report Mr. Mitchell's unlawful conduct, at which point both Mr. Mitchell and CAA shamefully did their best to wash their hands of my client," wrote Philips in a Friday email. "This is not a case about anything other than a victim seeking what is right and what is just. It is clear from the position of our adversaries that it is also now a case of the industry machine deplorably guarding its status, and acting with all best efforts to silence a victim of sexual battery and gender-based violence."
Nov. 17, 2:05 p.m. Updated with a statement from Demi Mann's attorney.