ICM Sex Abuse Suit Dropped

A suit by a onetime beauty queen accusing International Creative Management and one of its agents of unwanted sexual advances has been dismissed, court records show.

An agreement to dismiss the case, filed by former Miss British Columbia Claire Robinson, was filed Aug. 16 in a Los Angeles federal court. Robinson sued ICM in 2009, claiming she was exploited by agent Jack Gilardi and his friend, and initially sought class-action status.

The suit also sought a judge’s ruling to end a practice called “hip-pocketing,” in which an agent claims to represent a person but doesn’t sign them as a client. The suit claimed ICM engaged in the practice, which led to the “exploitation” of Robinson and others who were allegedly sent on fake auditions.

ICM denied wrongdoing after the case was filed. The filings did not state whether a settlement was reached and did not provide further details.

Gilardi has represented stars such as James Caan, Charlton Heston and Burt Reynolds. His friend, John Rockwell, was accused in the complaint of threatening and raping Robinson. Rockwell’s attorney called that charge “absolutely false” after the case was filed.