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Lawsuit accuses entertainment figures of sex abuse

Bryan Singer Accuser -- Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Accuses 3 More Hollywood Honchos

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- A man who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment industry figures Monday, claiming they also molested him.

The allegations in the latest lawsuits filed by Michael Egan III are substantially similar to his legal action against Singer. That lawsuit accuses the director of abusing him between the ages of 15 and 17 in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Monday's lawsuits were filed in federal court in Hawaii against former Fox television executive Garth Ancier, theater producer Gary Wayne Goddard, and David A. Neuman, a former television executive with Current TV and Disney.

Alan Grodin, an attorney for Goddard, said the executive was out of the country and had not seen the lawsuit.

"Based on what we have heard, the allegations are without merit," Grodin wrote in a statement. "Once we have seen the complaint we will respond appropriately."

Ancier did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Neuman could not be reached for comment. Phone numbers associated with him have been disconnected, and he did not immediately respond to a message sent through the social networking site LinkedIn.

The lawsuits were filed in Hawaii under a law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in civil sex abuse cases.

Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, has denied the director abused Egan, calling the allegations defamatory. He has said the director was not in Hawaii when Egan says he was abused and was instead working on production for the first "X-Men" film.

None of the men has been criminally charged, and the statute of limitations for any such charges has passed.

Ancier was the founding programmer at the Fox network, later going on to create programming for The WB, and was a top executive at NBC Entertainment.

Egan, 31, appeared at a news conference Monday alongside his mother, who tearfully described her efforts to report alleged abuses to the FBI in 1999 and 2000.

Bonnie Mound said she wrote several letters to FBI agents in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., urging them to take action. She questioned why those letters and information her son provided in interviews with an agent did not result in criminal charges.

The FBI has said it could not discuss specifically what Egan told them, however, the agency denied last week that it had ignored any information about Singer.

"The suggestion that the FBI ignored a minor victim, or evidence involving the sexual victimization of a child, is ludicrous," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. She reiterated the statement after Egan's news conference Monday.

Mound denied her son's lawsuits were motivated by anything other than holding the defendants accountable.

"It's not about money," Mound said, breaking down in tears.

Egan said he spent several years masking his pain by drinking. He stopped drinking within the past year, entered therapy and sought out a lawyer who would pursue a case.

The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.

Egan's attorney, Jeff Herman, said he had spent six months investigating before filing the lawsuits but acknowledged he didn't have all the investigative files or Singer's records that might show the director wasn't in Hawaii during the timeframe. Herman said he has asked Singer's lawyers for those records.

Egan claims he was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive, Marc Collins-Rector, with promises of auditions for acting, modeling and commercial jobs. He was put on the company's payroll as an actor and forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood's entertainment industry, the lawsuit said.

Collins-Rector pleaded guilty in 2004 to transporting five minors across state lines to have sex.

Phone numbers listed for Collins-Rector have been disconnected and attempts to reach him for comment last week were unsuccessful. Records maintained in Florida, where Collins-Rector is required to register as a sex offender, show that in 2008 his last known address was in the Dominican Republic.

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mfilip April 22 2014 at 10:36 AM

Within the gay community, especially in Hollywood, these tales about singer have easily been going on for ten years. If his actions against minors are true, one shouldn't be surprised. He should be held accountable as should any pedophile.

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Anne April 22 2014 at 12:13 PM

It appears the secrets are out.

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marcbarc Anne April 22 2014 at 12:35 PM

The gay boys secret yes, he hid it so long too.

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moon4hym April 22 2014 at 4:43 AM

Grotesque promiscuity, self-loathing sado-masochism, het and homo.. but men together take it further. Anton Scalia, supremo coot will call two men a corporate individual.
"Hollywood has been chewing up and spitting out twinks and starlets from the beginning. From Louis Mayer to Bryan Singer and so many in between, Hollywood has had a pay to play policy forever. Disgusting, particularly when it involves minors. These are the people who influence what we see and think."

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edsaysok moon4hym April 22 2014 at 9:55 AM

I forget which one, but I heard one former child star say that Louis B. Mayer gave him (or her) a race horse for Christmas and when the horse started winning races, he took it back. What a guy!

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web940 April 22 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hollywood has been known for this but as always people turn their heads when someone is being harmed. Hollywood needs one cleaning up to do with these executive slobs.

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bullmusik April 22 2014 at 5:07 AM

Is any one really surprised????? Pedophilia and child sex trafficking is rampant amongst the elite. Am I the only one who does not find it ludicrous to think the suggestion that the FBI ignored a minor victim, or evidence involving the sexual victimization of a child is true. Give me a break. Corruption is rampant in our country. Heads need to roll.

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edsaysok bullmusik April 22 2014 at 9:53 AM

This might interest you - I suggest you use closed captions to understand the victims' testimonies of what happened in Boys Town, Nebraska: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asvl6kO1Vo8

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ddacarrier46 April 22 2014 at 10:31 AM

I guess it was a star stuck behavior for the young man to put himself in harms way. After the first time why didn't he just stay away. Hollywood, a segment of entitled individuals who live above the law. This outing should be a warning to other young star stuck ordinary people. I once read a book that talked about this very type of abuse, it was a fictional book, but the behavior so real.

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billytoddinc2 April 22 2014 at 1:37 PM

To dbarr 24, struck a nerve didnt I, you know im right. Are you to ashamed of what you have done in your past, go cry to mommy

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PAX CHRISTI DAN April 22 2014 at 12:13 PM

A court of law will decide. Teens certainly know more about sex than I did at their age. It is plastered everyday on the tube.

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mif991 PAX CHRISTI DAN April 22 2014 at 12:46 PM

Yes, teens do know more today...but at 15 he is still a minor and adults are taking a huge risk themselves for just having them around for parties where there is drinking and drugs. These execs knew exactly what they were doing...The teens were lured it seems.

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danyelle69marks mif991 April 22 2014 at 6:55 PM

unfortunately, most teenagers don't think that they are children.

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MJ April 22 2014 at 6:07 AM

Anyone who has seen all the pics of Bryan Singer's arms around skinny fifteen-year-olds at nightclubs and parties, etc., knows this case could be true. But IS it really true in this Egan case ? I'll leave that for a court to decide.

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tcraw2000 April 22 2014 at 12:14 PM

Wow there's not much empathy in the comments here for the victim!
If I came to your town and said I can make your daughter or son a Star, just let me have him or her and let me do any and everything, that I and my disgusting friends sexually or other wise want to do to your child, how would that go down?
The crime here is the pervert that used to hang around the bus station would and could often get busted ,but these rich perves get away with it! Time for the "What's up with that Dance".....

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