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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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BIG DAVE April 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

this sounds like the corey haim story

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surfrbtm April 22 2014 at 3:40 AM

I was raped by a P.E teacher when I was 14 years old back in the early 80s.. I never told anyone because I was so ashamed and embarassed. But the thoughts of suicide have been rampant in my mind even to this day. I resorted to alcohol and other substances to make the pain and misery go away. I am now taking happy pills to get me through. There's not one day that I don't think about it. I know what he's going through and I wished I had the courage to do the same thing. The school doesn't exist anymore and the teacher died of cancer over 20 years ago. At least he can do something about it now. No amount of money can ever put a "shattered glass" together..

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oujoou April 22 2014 at 3:56 AM

I think sexual abuse is all over the place. Just not HERE. :(

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moon4hym April 22 2014 at 4:43 AM

Ralph
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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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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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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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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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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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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KAJ April 22 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hollywood is full of users and abusers. What a shame.

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