Interesting you would say that, as that is exactly what I do. Our agency has been going for ten years now, and I can honestly say that I have never slandered a "perceived rival" of one of our artists... not once. Nor have I known of any of my agent colleagues doing that. Sounds like your acquaintance was a bad apple.I saw the ugly side of agency when I had the misfortune to be acquainted with a classical music agent who had some mid-level clients in the business. He talked openly about slandering perceived rivals of that client as part of his job.