Talent Agent Gets Five Years in Sexual Assaults on Actresses
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Hollywood talent agent Wallace Kaye was sentenced Wednesday to five years and four months in jail for sexual attacks on 11 actresses and models.
″It was really nice seeing them take Wallace Kaye away,″ one of the victims, Charmaine Blakely, said as Kaye was jailed after sentencing. She called him a dangerous man and a sociopath.
Superior Court Judge Jack Tso said Kaye showed no remorse and took advantage of the women’s trust. ″It was a premeditated scheme,″ he said of the assaults, which started in 1991. ″It simply indicates to me planning and sophistication.″
Kaye faced a maximum sentence of eight years. He also must pay a $1,500 fine.
Kaye would engage the actresses, ranging in age from 20 to 35, in various improvisational scenes that were sexual in nature. The ″auditions″ were typically scheduled in the early morning or late evening behind locked doors at the Kaye Talent Agency’s Burbank offices.
At a certain point in the scenes, Kaye would force himself on the women, kissing and fondling them while they were physically restrained.
None of the victims were well-known actresses, but were instead aspiring performers.
On April 28, Kaye was convicted by a jury of six counts of felony sexual battery by restraint, three felony counts of false imprisonment by violence or menace and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. His talent agency is no longer operating.
Six of the victims were in court, and several - including an undercover policewoman - spoke at the sentencing hearing. Susan Hayn, a Glendale police officer, was herself attacked by Kaye while posing as an actress in the investigation.
″I’ve never had one case affect me the way this one has,″ Hayn said. ″I don’t think Wallace Kaye should be let on the street.″
In a probation report that recommended no jail time, Kaye said the sexual contact ″was by mutual consent and they could have left at any time.″
Kaye’s attorney, Pete Scalisi, said Kaye didn’t deserve the sentence. ″He has a clean record and has been punished in terms of losing his job and his assets,″ Scalisi said. ″He’s been through an awful lot. There are victims on both sides.″