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Songwriter Simon Curtis Was Told He’s ‘Too Gay’ & Sexually Assaulted by Managers

"That entire industry is riddled with cancer."

Yesterday, The Daily Beast writer Ira Madison wrote an article outlining Hollywood’s pedophilia problem, specifically from men who prey on young boys. Calling it the industry’s “open secret” besides Harvey Weinstein, Madison’s words pushed queer singer/songwriter Simon Curtis “over the edge,” having personally experienced similar sexual assault himself.

On Twitter, Curtis opened up about moving to Los Angeles at age 18 and signing with Untitled Entertainment, which was Hollywood’s biggest management company at the time. He worked with two managers—a man and a woman—who both loved him and thought he was adorable. “High school music was THE thing at the time,” he Tweeted, before recounting his first meeting with the man at a bar.

After he got a drink, Curtis says the man argued he was “too gay” and encouraged him to “butch it up immediately” if he wanted any chance at a career. “I remember him even mocking the clothes I wore in front of him that night,” Curtis continues. “I looked like a flamer. I would never work like this.”

Two hours later, Curtis found himself at the man’s apartment. He had his “dick out” and asked Curtis to “blow him,” which the young performer agreed to under pressure. “I was so overwhelmed by my ‘luck’ in signing with the biggest company in town that I couldn’t even recognize the layers of abuse,” Curtis says, admitting this behavior continued for some time.

Despite feeling “utterly worthless,” Simon managed to book some roles by pushing himself “back into the closet enough” for industry leaders to let him into the room. “I just didn’t know that once they made you hate yourself enough to change yourself, they then took you into that room and fucked you,” he says, underlining Hollywood’s pattern of sexually abusing artists with low self-esteem.

“This is the other branch of the hideous tree exposed this past week,” Simon says. “Gay boys. Made to hate themselves to the point of feeling nothing. Being forced to fear their own essence in order to work, and once they’re there—broken, worthless, void. Then it’s time to unzip the pants.”

After having a life-changing role taken away from him by ABC (“He’s not sexy enough”), Curtis eventually broke free from that sick, emotionally manipulative life. “Up until this week, I honestly didn’t even realize how much of this I’d blocked out,” he says, finishing his Twitter tell-all. “That entire industry is riddled with cancer.”

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