CAA Talent Agent Accused of Offering ‘Sex for Access’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 19: Cade Hudson, CAA at the 2017 World Of Children Hero Awards a
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Another agent from the Creative Artists Agency has been accused of offering access to directors and a movie star in exchange for sex.

The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2013, talent agent Cade Hudson allegedly propositioned actor Sean Rose, offering him $1,000 to engage in sexual acts despite being told that he was a heterosexual.

Text messages viewed by the Times show Hudson appearing to proposition Rose while the latter was getting changed in his house:

HUDSON: I pay u 500 to have ur friend bounce

ROSE: LOL I g2g [got to go] soon

HUDSON: 1k stay. I know ur straight Getting [oral sex] isn’t gay. U. Know. That. All u gotta do is sick [sit] back relax… If BJ happens tn [tonight] ill make sure u meet her tomorrow.”

According to the Times, the woman referred to was the actress Amanda Seyfried. Rose said he rejected the offers feeling “embarrassed and humiliated.”

Hudson, who at the time worked for the marketing and brand management firm Full Picture, has built an impressive range of clients and contacts that include Britney Spears, Sean Penn, Amber Valletta, Demi Lovato and Zac Efron. His celebrity attended birthday party was recently covered by TMZ, who dubbed him as “Hollywood’s most popular agent.”

“Because he knew so many people in the industry, I felt there wasn’t anything I could do about it,” Rose said.

In a statement released by his attorney, Hudson played down the allegations, claiming that Rose had “laughed it off.”

“After being my friend on social media for seven years, and liking my posts, Sean is now accusing me of soliciting a sex act from him,” he wrote. “My recollection is that he laughed it off and remained my friend on social media. I have the utmost sympathy for victims of harassment and abuse, but this is no such case.”

Meanwhile, CAA said they were not aware of the allegations, and pledged to investigate them. “Cade was not employed at CAA at the time, and this is the first we are hearing of these accusations. We take allegations of misconduct seriously, and investigate them as appropriate.”

The revelation is another embarrassment for CAA, who this week issued a public apology over claims the agency failed to protect its clients from alleged sexual misconduct by powerful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In November, the actress Demi Mann also filed a lawsuit against the agency for their alleged failure to prevent years of sexual misconduct from her talent agent, Cameron Mitchell.

Update: A representative for Mr. Hudson provided the following statement: “The alleged incident Mr. Rose described is not an example of workplace sexual harassment or abuse of power by Hollywood elite, as the media is trying to suggest.  Mr. Rose and Mr. Hudson were 23 year olds, who met by chance at a local tailor shop—completely removed from a professional setting.  At the time, Mr. Hudson was answering telephones as an assistant at a PR agency.  He was certainly not in a position of authority and had limited access, if any, to persons of influence.  Mr. Hudson did not even become a talent agent until years after he met Mr. Rose.

“Now, more than four years later, Mr. Rose raises these allegations for the first time and brought them to the media shortly after Mr. Hudson declined an invitation to meet with him.”

The spokesperson also said that “Mr. Hudson does not recall the alleged incident that Mr. Rose recounted to the LA Times, that he denies any sexual contact ever took place between him and Mr. Rose.” 


We have updated this story to remove a claim that Mr. Rose was Mr. Hudson’s client, which a spokesperson for Mr. Hudson denies.

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