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Fellow Actor Backs Anthony Edwards Molestation Claims Against Producer Gary Goddard (Updated)

UPDATED: A friend of actor Anthony Edwards has come forward to back up Edwards’ allegation that he was molested by producer Gary Goddard when Edwards was a teenager.

Bret Douglas Nighman wrote in a piece for Medium that he and Edwards met in an acting class and later toured together in a stage production of “Peter Pan” that Goddard directed when they were teens.

“One night while on tour I awoke to find Goddard trying to get into my bed, under my covers and into my underwear,” Nighman wrote. “I fought him off and pushed him away. Although it was dark I saw him force his way into Tony’s bed — which was about twelve feet from mine. I thought that Tony would fight him off too. I lay in my bed with my heart pounding and listened as one of my best friends who I loved got sexually molested. I was scared, in shock, heartbroken and confused.”

Nighman also claims that Goddard forcibly kissed him on the night of the final performance of “Peter Pan,” and that Goddard again attempted to molest him multiple times when he appeared in a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” that Goddard directed.

“I am telling my story now after reading Anthony Edwards’ story because I am furious and tremendously saddened that Tony was sexually abused by Goddard,” he continued. “I am furious that Goddard has denied Tony’s brave story of sexual abuse. I truly want to support my friend who I know is telling the truth. Tony has no reason to expose this now in his 50s and accuse Goddard of sexual abuse if it wasn’t true — and since I endured it myself, witnessed it myself, I know it is the truth.”

 

Goddard had previously denied Edwards’ allegations, and also denied Nighman’s via a spokesman.

“We stand by our statement denying the allegations by Anthony Edwards against Gary Goddard,” said spokesman Sam Singer. “This new post by Brett Douglas Nighman makes equally false claims against Mr. Goddard. While it is true that Mr. Nighman appeared in two productions that were directed by Mr. Goddard, his allegation of sexual advances are false. It is equally distrubing that both individuals maintained personal and professional relationships with Mr. Goddard well into adulthood, and now, out of the blue, are making false, disparaging and defamatory statements. During these emotionally charged times, it is virtually impossible to rebut and properly defend oneself from allegations that are 40 years old and in which any accusation–no matter how spurious and defamatory—is reported as ‘news.’ It is disheartening, and wrong for people to make such claims through personal posts on the internet when the accused have no reasonable method to demonstrate the allegations are concocted and possess no manner in which to correct the fabrications and falsehoods.”

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