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Actress sues SAG over agent

An aspiring actress, allegedly referred by the Screen Actors Guild to a talent agent who sexually attacked her, filed a negligent misrepresentation lawsuit Monday against SAG.

Diane Figgins contacted SAG in her search for a talent agent in May 1992 and was given a list to work from, said attorney Gloria Allred, which included Wallace Kaye.

On April 28, Kaye was convicted of sexual battery against 11 actresses, including Figgins and an undercover policewoman.

“I called the Screen Actors Guild to assure myself that Wallace Kaye was in fact a franchised agent in good standing and to find out if any complaints had been registered against him,” she said at a Monday news conference.

Figgins said she was told “if there were any complaints against Mr. Kaye that he would not be a SAG agent.” Figgins said she scheduled an appointment with Kaye on May 27, 1992, but “he … sexually attacked me.”

After leaving Kaye’s office, Figgins said she called SAG to lodge a complaint but was told because she was not a union member, SAG couldn’t accept her complaint.

“I later learned that the guild was in possession of a file containing several other complaints against Mr. Kaye, which they received prior to my assault,” she said.

Mark Locher, SAG’s national director of communications, said, “The difficulty comes when people will not press charges or allow their names to be used,” he said. That happened in Kaye’s case.

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