The sexual harassment scandal at the Fox News Channel is having reverberations in Hollywood, as the leading talent agency ICM Partners has launched a formal investigation related to the Fox situation.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that ICM hired the entertainment firm Latham & Watkins to look into claims that a number of ICM agents discouraged a client from reporting instances of sexual harassment at Fox News.
THR reports that the agency hired Latham & Watkins litigator Marvin Putnam to investigate the claims, which came to light in a New York Times article in March and were detailed this week in a column in The Huffington Post.
“The client is ex-contributor Tamara Holder, who settled a sexual assault claim with the network in March for a reported $2.5 million,” THR reports. “Holder says she told her ICM agents Steve Levin, Matt Sorger and Will Horowitz that Francisco Cortes, then vice president of Fox News Latino, tried to force her to perform oral sex on him, and the agents discouraged her from reporting it to Fox, according to the report.”
Holder is quoted in the Huffington Post piece saying: “I believed that my agents’ job was not only to help me find work but also to protect me. Instead, they told me my career was going to be over if I disclosed my abuse to my employer, slammed the door in my face when I went against their advice to remain silent, and intentionally refused to assist my lawyers.”
An ICM spokesman told The Huffington Post: “ICM Partners has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment,” adding, “We will thoroughly investigate this inquiry.”