Paradigm sues ex-staffer

Talent and lit agency Paradigm has sued one of its former agents for allegedly copying client files and soliciting Paradigm clients to follow him to the Gersh Agency.

Paradigm, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claimed that Stephen Hirsh secretly contacted Paradigm clients to get them to join him at Gersh both before and after he left Paradigm on April 11. The agency claimed that Hirsh misled them by denying rumors that he was looking for a new job despite secretly meeting with other agencies.

Neither Hirsh, an agent in Gersh’s New York office, nor Paradigm could be reached for comment.

In the suit, Paradigm said it would not have paid Hirsh a year-end bonus last December had he not denied the rumors. Instead, he would have been fired, the suit said.

The complaint, which also names Gersh as a defendant, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction against soliciting Paradigm clients.

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