‘Colbert’ Music Booker quits after sexual misconduct allegations

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Giovanni Cianci, music producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” since 2017, was fired from the show after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct in an incident in 2010, Variety has learned.”Gio is no longer employed by the series,” explains a source familiar with the situation. Variety has contacted Cianci and the show’s network, CBS, for comment.

Its release follows a social media post from musician Paige Stark, who also spoke with Variety about the case, alleging that an incident occurred while Cianci was working at Lookout Management, where he was employed from 2002 to 2014. He had expressed his interest in his group and the two met during the the CMJ Music Marathon conference in 2010. She says he made advances towards her when the two were alone in an elevator, tried to kiss her and when she resisted, slammed her against the wall. Stark said his aggressive behavior did not stop after exiting the elevator and continued to follow her with a member of the group to a bar, where a friend she had called met them and said. finally forcefully convinced Cianci to leave. She said he continued to “harass” her on Facebook and by text message for several months.

Two of Stark’s friends – one who was present at the bar on the night in question and another who spoke to him at the time of the alleged incident – corroborated: Variety that the account provided on Instagram was what Stark described.

Stark says she was silent for almost a decade because she was “too afraid to come forward publicly.” She said in 2017 that she emailed Cianci’s former boss at Lookout – and included a screenshot of the email in her Instagram post – but received no response .

Shortly after the Instagram post, attorneys for ViacomCBS reached out to Stark directly on his behalf, according to a source, noting that the company takes these matters very seriously.

Cianci also worked as a manager at Creed Company and his own Bassline Management before joining Colbert in 2017. He was featured in Variety«Who’s Who in TV Music Booking» en 2018.



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