Hollywood Execs Strongly Deny ‘Disgusting’ Sexual Abuse Claims

Michael Egan speaks at a news
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Hollywood executives Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have issued strong denials of accusations of sexually abusing underage teenage boys.

The execs were each named in separate lawsuits filed Monday in Hawaii federal court by Michael Egan (pictured, above), who alleged that he had been coerced into sex in California and Hawaii in 1998 and 1999. The suits were filed five days after Egan sued director Bryan Singer and made similar allegations.

An attorney for Ancier denied the accusations against the high-profile TV exec, adding that Ancier had never visited an estate in Hawaii where Egan alleges that Ancier sodomized him in 1999.

“All of the allegations made by the plaintiffs against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented,” said Louise Ann Fernandez of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell. “As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him. Mr. Ancier is grateful to his friends, family and colleagues for their support.”

Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and also served as head of programming for Fox, NBC and the WB. He’s also the head of year-old Quad Media Partners, formed to launch four fully curated linear TV networks.

Goddard heads a design firm in Los Angeles that has created theme park attractions for Universal Studios. He also heads the Goddard Group, which has produced live shows on and off Broadway.

Alan Grodin, an attorney for Goddard and a partner at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, issued an emphatic denial.

“Having had the opportunity to review the allegations in the complaint filed against our client, Mr. Gary Goddard, we can say that the allegations against him are categorically denied,” Grodin said.

“Mr. Goddard was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan,” Grodin said. “He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged.  Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time.”

Grodin pointed out that the suit against Goddard is similar to the other three suits.

“We have also reviewed the complaints filed against other defendants by Mr. Egan,” Grodin said. “The ‘cookie-cutter’ allegations in all of the complaints filed by Mr. Egan are so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face.”

Grodin also noted that Egan was among the plaintiffs who filed a civil suit in 2000 against Michael Collins-Rector and others over alleged sexual abuse, in a case in which a default judgment was entered against the defendants, according to court records. Collins-Rector is described in Egan’s lawsuits as the resident of the Encino estate where wild parties were held in which underage boys were given drugs and alcohol and forced to perform sex with older men.

“His suit filed in 2000 against other parties referenced in the complaints made no mention of any alleged trips to the state of Hawaii,” Grodin said. “Filing the complaints in Hawaii is a blatant attempt by Mr. Egan of forum shopping.”

The Egan suits were filed in federal court in Hawaii, which has an April 24 cutoff date for old sex abuse cases to be filed under a two-year window established by the state legislature, which temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in civil sex abuse cases.

“Our client Mr. Goddard intends to vigorously defend this suit, to uphold his good name and reputation,” Grodin said. “We are confident that the objective facts will demonstrate that the allegations against Mr. Goddard are false.”

Neuman, the former president of Disney TV, has responded in a series of tweets.

 

The combined tweets read: “Hey everyone: obviously I have to be talking to and through lawyers, but I just want everyone to know right now that the disgusting allegations made against me are COMPLETELY FALSE. Also very shocking in that they don’t just stretch the truth, they are whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth. Sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document. Stay tuned; I will set the record straight. And thank you to the many friends who have reached out to me with messages of faith and support. I deeply appreciate it.”

Neuman then tweeted the Wikipedia link for the Biblical verse “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

Neuman previously worked for Digital Entertainment Network, which was headed by Marc Collins-Rector, who was cited as being involved in the sexual activity at the heart of Egan’s original lawsuit against director Singer.

As with the suit against Singer, Egan made four claims against each of the three execs — intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion. Each of the suits recounted in explicit detail the sexual acts that took allegedly place between Egan and each of the men in Hawaii in 1999.

“Somebody has to stand up to these people,” said the 31-year-old Egan.

 

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  1. PETER says:

    Let’s everybody keep talking, please. The more the better.

  2. O'Brother says:

    Were these three gentleman (and I use that term very loosely) out or in the closet? I don’t care if anyone is straight or gay, young men and women who are not 18 are incapable of giving legal consent. I just do not buy that any adult having sex with a 17 year old under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a victimless crime, regardless of consent. You have to draw the line somewhere. This isn’t ‘Nam. There are rules.

  3. Dave Smith says:

    Also, Mr. Neuman does not say, “I did not have sex with Mike Egan.” He just says that the allegations are false. Maybe he has reasons why he considers what he did with Mr. Egan to not be rape. It would be very easy for him to make the statement in the first sentence of this comment. Why doesn’t he? The depositions in this case will be very interesting, as Mr. Herman can ask very specific questions about any physical contact between the two.

  4. Dave Smith says:

    This is why lawyers tell their clients not to talk. When Mr. Neuman says “obviously” he wants us to take his word for it, meaning that there is doubt about him talking. He says the the claims “don’t just stretch the truth,” which shows that there is some truth in the claims but that “it” is stretched.

    When he says that he will set “the record” straight that is also a giveaway that there is some kind of record involving Mr. Egan. There is no “record” to set straight of an encounter between me and George Clooney for example. The tweet about bearing false witness against your “neighbor” is also interesting. A neighbor is someone close to you, someone you have met..

    I am guessing this man will ultimately admit to a physical encounter with Mr. Egan but will say that he was of age and it was consensual.

  5. nelson says:

    I used to be a club dancer in New York City. I’m somewhat familiar with what older financially wealthy white gay men like ! I’m Latino and look almost identical to the accuser in this situation ! I hope he’s honest and not doing this for money! However, he does mention names of some Hollywood people ! It’s not a secret to me that these men would target this age group ! Because from my experience I’ve been a target! But not to the extent of someone putting drugs inside my drinks ! But the offering of some money and access to their beautiful apartments was invariably a way for them to get me to have some kind of sexual encounter with them. There is more to this story. And It needs to be investigated, by lawyers, police, investigators and especially Hollywood Reporters !

  6. Glenn C. says:

    I love how these guys now are covering their asses! Pretending to be so “pure”
    It’s sickening. They wield their power and think they can do whatever! What scum bags!

  7. Disgusting and immoral if true.

  8. PETER says:

    Where’s it gonna go? Whose gonna be outed? Why isn’t it a hot topic on ET, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, Mario Lopez, Billy Bush?

    • big daddy D says:

      I watch TMZ regularly. What’s Harvey Levin had to say about this? As a gay man with some clout, his imput would be Invaluable. He knows of all the players involved.

  9. Dave says:

    The one person that handled all of Gary Goddards appointments and scheduling at the time this took place was his secretary Shirley Eaton.

  10. PETER says:

    I believe Egan and not these very well-paid lawyers who can lie, lie,lie. I hope that it call comes out about these Hollywood pediphiles

  11. Mike M. says:

    I love how everyone is so keen to snap judge people without reasonable proof. Some people just like to make judgements on others to make themsleves feel better. Don’t go throwing stones before you are outside your glass house. As for looks, J., are you on the cover of Vogue?

  12. SFSolstice says:

    I guess all these years later just before the statute of limitations expires he finally realized he wasn’t going to make it as an actor (even after trying the director’s couch routine) so he had to play the one card he had left before he got too much older and the statute ran out.
    If his sexual routines were so traumatic why didn’t he pursue them legally and immediately instead of continuing to “audition”?
    It does however appear he has learned how to :”play the game” quite well and with impeccable timing. However, I hope he wins at this game because his non existent acting career has run it’s course and this will definitely be his final part.

  13. Janet J. says:

    These people are well know in the gay community as creeps. Birds of feather flock together. The way they look I can see why they have to drug people and/or pay them to get in a hot tub with them. I hope they will get what they deserve. People usually do, money or not, eventually they will get busted.

  14. nimportequoi says:

    Obviously, who is going to admit that they are a pedophile – not these guys. They have their cushy jobs and phony reputations to protect. Let this play out in court, and may more abused children will come forth!

  15. Murray says:

    I don’t really know any of the details other than what is contained in this article and one about Bryan, but if the plaintiff had a problem with one of the now four acused and then had three more similar situations, it seems like he was either seeking them out for personal reasons possibly financial, or he’s just an idiot. When you get burned as a child, you learn instantly to avoid sticking your finger in the flame. Please don’t give this guy a reality show now.

    • Janet J. says:

      Yeah the personal reason being they druged and raped him!

    • Paramount Employee says:

      I don’t know how many times people have to point out the same argument. It doesn’t matter if the “plaintiff” was forcibly raped or cajoled into the acts or flat out liked/wanted them. He was a CHILD. A child doesn’t not have the ability to discern right from wrong in the eyes of society and the law. It doesn’t matter if he’s doing this for money or vengeance. If he was under age at the time, he was RAPED. That means a crime was committed. That means, the rapers need to be held accountable. I don’t care what motivation the accuser has. If he proves he was sexually involved with these guys under the age of 18, then they are rapists and need to be in jail where they cannot touch other children, including my own.

      • Lincoln says:

        Totally agree with you. As someone who was chased around by choir teachers, producers and managers I fortunately never got caught up in this perversion. Where is the Gay community and their outrage? Why is Geffen not speaking up, or GMA even reporting this story. These guys are going to fry!

  16. Jack T says:

    It will be pretty simple to confirm is all of these people were actually in Hawaii when the accuser states they were. Passenger flight records.

    • Dmk says:

      Do private jets have to provide flight records?

      • Aviator says:

        For private domestic flights the manifest usually stays with the operator and if nothing went wrong there’s no requirement to keep them for this long.

        And even international private flights only had to start filing them with CBP a few years ago.

  17. big daddy D says:

    Let the countersuits and back-biting begin..you know what I meant. Forget the back biting comment..and pillow biting…any kind of biting

  18. big daddy D says:

    I wasn’t even aware that Kevin Spacey was gay. I’m not surprised..and I don’t care either. He’s a brilliant actor

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