Halle Berry took to Twitter Friday to express her sadness and anger regarding allegations of sexual harassment against her former manager, Vincent Cirrincione.
The Oscar-winning actress responded hours afterThe Washington Post published a story in whichnine women accused Cirrincione, 70, of harassment. Most say he tried to impress them by mentioning the names of Berry and another client, Taraji P. Henson, while pressuring the acting hopefuls for sexual favors.
Several say Cirrincione, who is white, presented himself as a gatekeeper for black actresses in a mostly white industry.
“Yesterday I was saddened by the (allegations) against my former manager, Vincent Cirrincione, but today I’m sick after reading the horrifying detailed accounts of his abuse toward 9 women,” she tweeted.
The tweet continued as Berry expressed anger at Cirrincione for using her Hollywood status to try to persuade women of color that he could help them become stars.
“I’m livid that he used me, and the role model he helped me become, to lure and manipulate innocent, vulnerable women of color for his predatory actions.”
She closed the tweet with a promise of solidarity with the accusers and other women.
“I’m deeply hurt and I want these women and countless others to know I see you. I hear you. You matter. I will fight for you.”
Berry told the Post in a statement that she ended her professional relationship with Cirrincione more than three years ago after learning of a misconduct allegation against him.