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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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Judith April 22 2014 at 1:27 PM

According to a close friend of mine in the industry, Bryan Singer was warned by others in the industry to stay away from "chicken" but he didn't listen. However, "chickens" aren't forced - they're volunteers.

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matilda524 Judith April 22 2014 at 10:33 PM

Even if they're volunteers, the older people should know better

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loamylam April 22 2014 at 11:05 AM

This has been an ongoing travesty for decades. It appears Hollywood moguls/politicians/self-styled 'celebrities' take it as a 'given' they can rule the roost over anybody and everybody beneath their ego maniac importance. Probably 90% of the 'stars' have been victimized as children and the Disney Entertainment child actors were brutally sodomized if one listens carefully to those who were traumatized by these monsters. Doubtful it will ever be cleaned up as they have the money and power to pay their way to continue their deeds after all the publicity dies down. Parents PLEASE do NOT allow your treasured children become involved in the acting field, modeling, or entertainment fields. It is not the glamorous life you envision.

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Erin loamylam April 22 2014 at 11:35 AM

Agree. Or get them involved in some kind of Christain Entertainment organization (those do exist) and be by your child's side EVERY step of the way.

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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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BIG DAVE April 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

this sounds like the corey haim story

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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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raptureready1958 April 22 2014 at 9:39 AM

Hollywood is sick.

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jackgrenan raptureready1958 April 22 2014 at 9:48 AM

Well said, sad but true & based on all the porn on the net & the rise in child abuse of all types what does this say about our social values?

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daydayzee jackgrenan April 22 2014 at 10:06 AM

values have been gone for a long time with courts, presidents, Ag's evolving to pass immoral acts for votes.

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Karissa April 22 2014 at 9:38 AM

I'm still not able to say with 100% conidence that I beleive, or disbelieve, this person and their accusations. I am not saying it to cast stones at either party, I simply have worked in the legal field to know that there are VERY legitimate accusations, and there are accusations fueled by other reasons. Its impossible to tell which this is, because I don't have access to the files of evidence, nor have I spoken to anyone involved. I do hope that the truth, either way, comes out. If these men did what they are accused of they deserve to pay. On the other side of that coin, if the allegations are false - there should be recourse for the damage done in the public eye to such public figures.

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sf1045 April 22 2014 at 9:36 AM

Why did they wait to file? Mother said she told FBI and they ignored her. Really?

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RussianBallerina sf1045 April 22 2014 at 9:43 AM

yes really ~

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daydayzee sf1045 April 22 2014 at 10:03 AM

why didn't Mom & son go to the press then like they are doing now? you can say he was just a kid and didn't know better but Mom wasn't just a kid she knew better. See If the guy proves he wasn't in Hawaii . He'd be foolish to say he wasn't if he doesn't have proof.

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napachiefs April 22 2014 at 9:36 AM

Bring them all to a OPEN PUBLIC COURT, an expose them for what they are:

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injai April 22 2014 at 8:02 AM

What Egan is claiming may be true. He got caught up in a sex ring when he was young and vulnerable. While he may never get anyone to admit to anything, and so many years have passed, he still told his truth. That's the value of telling one's story: speaking your truth, coming out of the shadows, setting a boundary to where someone else's crime lies. Then the healing can begin. Life is a long time. The fame and glitter fades. What you carry in your heart lasts forever. A clean heart is priceless.

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