Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who has filed four similar suits in the past two weeks, provided specifics and photos of both Singer and Goddard in their alleged efforts to entice the then-teenager into sexual activities — including Singer having sex with him following the 2006 premiere of “Superman Returns” in London, then apologizing the next morning.
Attorneys for Singer and Goddard have emphatically denied the new allegations, contained in a suit seeking damages and a jury trial that was filed May 3 in federal court in Los Angeles. Both Singer and Goddard — along with Garth Ancier and David Neuman — were sued by Michael Egan last month in actions filed in federal court in Hawaii alleging that Egan had been coerced into underage sex in California and Hawaii in 1998 and 1999.
In a news conference Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Herman supplied three photos with the plaintiff’s face redacted — two from the premiere and one in which he was shirtless at the age of 14 along with an email allegedly from Goddard with the subject line “the closest thing that I have to a ‘naughty’ shot of you.”
Herman also supplied a notes allegedly written by Goddard which was sent with a box of Hershey’s chocolates. And he asserted that new client — identified as “John Doe No. 117,” due to his concerns about “further psychological injury” if his name is disclosed — came forward as a direct result of Egan filing his four suits and the subsequent “very aggressive denials.”
According to Herman, the plaintiff still had the envelope in which his 2006 premiere ticket for “Superman Returns” was enclosed along with souvenirs such as a Superman bracelet.
Herman also promised that more suits are coming and said specifically that one would involve another “sex ring” operating in Hollywood.
“I’ve heard from victims about very recent claims of being sexually exploited in Hollywood,” he added.
Bryan Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer (no relation) has asserted that both of Herman’s suits are based on “fabricated” evidence. Herman responded by asserting that it’s “untypical” for lawyers to be making such denials without any investigation.
“The pushback I’m getting reminds me of the early days of the clergy sex abuse scandal,” Herman added. “There was complete denial.”
Goddard’s lawyers responded Monday with an amplied statement to what they had said on Sunday:
“Garry Goddard vehemently denies the extremely serious, false and defamatory allegations made against him. And it is a sad indictment on society that when spurious claims have been made in one suit – especially where compensation is sought – other similar claims may follow. Despite the extent of uninformed and damaging commentary on the matter in the media, the allegations have not been tested in any way, let alone through the judicial process. We will not dignify these outrageous claims with anything other than a vigorous denial on behalf of our client, and by confirming that they will be fiercely defended at any trial where Mr Goddard is entirely confident that he will be fully vindicated.”
Herman also said at the news conference that Goddard had reached out through an email to the anonymous plaintiff over the weekend after having stayed out of touch for several years. Herman said the plaintiff didn’t respond.
Herman also said the plaintiff still had the envelope in which his premiere ticket was enclosed as well as souvenir gifts from the premiere such as a Superman bracelet.