Three more Hollywood insiders named in Singer sex abuse scandal


Jeff Herman, the lawyer representing the man accusing Bryan Singer of sexual abuse, announced Monday that he has filed three additional sex abuse lawsuits against prolific TV exec Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard.

Ancier is a veteran programmer who oversaw the launch of Fox television and The CW, and also previously served as president of BBC Worldwide America. He created The Ricki Lake Show, and, at Fox TV, 21 Jump Street and In Living Color.

Neuman is the former president of Disney TV, and also worked as chief programming officer for CNN. Goddard, who directed the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe, has also produced several off and on-Broadway shows. He created numerous attractions for Universal Studios, including the Jurassic Park ride.

Herman made the announcement at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event was also attended by plaintiff Michael Egan and Egan's mother, who broke in tears during the conference.

The suits allege that the three men were part of the Hollywood sex ring that involved Singer. Egan's lawyer says Egan was sexually abused by all three men at both the Encino home and in Hawaii, and that force was used.

"Somebody has to stand up to these people," said Egan at the press conference. "You can't change the stigma that exists in this world against childhood sexual abuse unless someone talks about it."

Herman has made waves in the past week for a lawsuit on behalf of Egan, who claims he was raped by Singer when Egan was 17 in both Hawaii and California.

Herman and Egan held a press conference on April 17, where Egan said that he was sexually abused by the X-Men director beginning at age 15 through age 17. The alleged conduct that took place included rape, other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, taking place amid "sordid parties," according to the highly graphic lawsuit.

Herman states that he has eyewitnesses to Singer's presence at 1999 sex parties in Hawaii, contradicting Singer's lawyer's assertion that documents show Singer was not on the island at the time.

After last week's press conference, Singer's lawyer Marty Singer (no relation), said that he had credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules, along with more than 100 witnesses, proving that Singer was not in Hawaii -- and was mostly in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie -- when the parties attended by then 17-year-old Egan took place.

"This was Bryan's first studio film," Marty Singer said. "Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii."

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