Mitchell departs the agency just one day after a lawsuit was filed by actress Demi Mann, who claimed that Mitchell discovered her in a Coffee Bean and made multiple false promises, among them that he would secure her a role in an upcoming Marvel television project, to manipulate her into a sexual relationship. In her suit, Mann claimed that Mitchell sexually assaulted her several times over a period of six months, and that CAA’s human resources department ignored her complaints about him.
Mitchell, who joined CAA from ICM Partners in 2013 is a film agent whose clients include Will Packer, Common, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union, and Reginald Hudlin.
CAA issued a statement Friday, saying, “CAA’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation. However, given the nature of Ms. Mann’s allegations, we feel compelled to provide an accurate set of facts. When Ms. Mann reached out to CAA in October, we immediately launched a fair, impartial and thorough investigation. We spoke with Ms. Mann multiple times, suspended Mr. Mitchell pending the completion of the investigation, and, based upon the information we could gather, took other appropriate action.
“Ms. Mann was not nor has she ever been a client of the agency. As is clear from Ms. Mann’s allegations in the complaint, she did not have any interactions with any agents at CAA except for Mr. Mitchell. 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. After Ms. Mann shared her lawsuit with the press, CAA received new information not previously revealed during the agency’s investigation. Mr. Mitchell’s employment with the agency has ended as of today. With respect to Ms. Mann’s specific accusations against CAA, the agency categorically denies them and will vigorously defend itself in the litigation.”
A spokesperson for Mitchell said in a statement, “CAA agent Cameron Mitchell emphatically denies any wrongdoing in regards to accusations filed in a civil suit by aspiring actress Demi Mann, who had been under consideration for representation, as is a common practice, but has never been a client of CAA. In fact, Mitchell is adamant that the allegations are not only false, but egregious. 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.
“When the charges were initially made directly to CAA’s HR department against both Mitchell and CAA, the agency conducted a comprehensive internal investigation over a three week period, which concluded two weeks prior to the civil filing and concluded that the charges were unfounded. He has been a key agent in the motion picture department at CAA for five years with such illustrious clients as Common, Djimon Hounsou, Gabrielle Union, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Reginald Hudlin, Terrence Howard and Will Packer. His reputation as a client’s advocate precedes him in all of his business dealings throughout his renowned 12 year career.”
Mitchell’s attorney Stephen Larson said, “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. It is sad that Ms. Mann has chosen to take this path.”
An attorney for Mann said in a statement, “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. 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.”