Attorneys Apologize to Hollywood Executives for ‘Untrue’ Sex Abuse Claims

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The former attorneys for Michael Egan, who last year accused a number of Hollywood figures of sex abuse claims, have issued apologies to two of the accused, Garth Ancier and David Neuman, acknowledging the allegations as untrue.

Ancier and Neuman had been pursuing malicious prosecution claims against Egan and his attorneys, who generated headlines last year when they accused the executives and others, including director Bryan Singer, of sexual abuse when Egan was an aspiring actor in his mid to late teens. But Egan’s litigation fell apart, and he withdrew his cases.

Egan is awaiting sentencing in North Carolina after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges brought by federal prosecutors last year. They were unrelated to his cases against entertainment figures.

“I sincerely apologize for bringing lawsuits against you on behalf of my former client Michael Egan,” attorney Jeff Herman wrote in a letter to Ancier, with the same wording he used in another letter to Neuman. “As you know, I withdrew from representing Mr. Egan two months after filing the complaints. Based on what I know now, I believe that I participated in making what I now know to be untrue and proveably false allegations against you. Had I known what I learned after filing the lawsuits, I would never have filed these claims against you. I deeply regret the pain, suffering and damage the lawsuit and publicity have caused you, and your family, friends and colleagues. I sincerely regret my role in this matter and for the harm that I caused. I have resolved this matter with compensation to you. I am hopeful that you can recover fully.”

A similar apology was issued by Mark Gallagher, another former attorney for Egan. Gallagher is based in Hawaii, where the lawsuits were filed.

Ancier’s representatives said the apologies were accompanied by an undisclosed monetary payment “in the seven figures.”

“The lawyers who brought this false claim are now making a significant financial payment as part of their apology for bringing a case they acknowledge never had any merit, finally proving that a convicted scam artist’s claims about me were entirely made up,” Ancier said in a statement. “I said on day one this was all absolutely false and I’m certainly pleased that’s now been admitted by the lawyers responsible for transforming absurd fabrications into a real-life nightmare for me.”

Neuman’s representatives also released letters the attorneys wrote to him.

“I sincerely apologize to Mr. David Neuman for my part in bringing a lawsuit against him on behalf of my former client Michael Egan,” Gallagher wrote, mirroring a letter he sent to Ancier. “Unfortunately, I now do not believe that the allegations in the lawsuit were true and accurate, I deeply regret the unjustified pain, suffering and significant damage the lawsuit and publicity has caused Mr. Neuman and his family, friends and colleagues.”

Neuman’s representatives indicated that he also will be compensated as well as part of the resolution of his malicious prosecution claims.

Neuman issued a statement thanking his attorneys, Patty Glaser and Andy Baum.

“I would like to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their steadfast support through this,” Neuman wrote. “You have been amazing. You knew that these charges were all lies, and your support was unwavering. I thank you all with all of my heart.”

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  1. Ben says:

    Elgan dropped the case against Singer because the latter was able to prove he was in Vancouver working on X-men and not Hawaii when the alleged abuse took place. Then he moved onto other targets and they also proved to be innocent.

  2. The real story here is the lack of apology for Singer. Too much smoke for there to have never been a fire. Overseas trips to places with lower ages of consent? Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be actors.

    • Jedi77 says:

      Or perhaps the allegations were simply not “proveably false”, as with these other cases. Doesn’t mean it happened – just means there weren’t any airline tickets and missing passport stamps to prove the falsehood of the allegations.

  3. Ted Faraone says:

    Must be the lawyers’ insurance companies who are paying the alleged seven figure apology.

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