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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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Rebecca April 22 2014 at 7:31 AM

This has been going on since this business started. Its about time. Too many bottom-feeders in this business and it is time to pull the plug and let the water drain and clean the aquarium.

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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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jirehinj April 22 2014 at 9:34 AM

Remember Corey Ham and Corey Fieldman they both faced the same thing this guy did. Look it up on Youtube what happened to them when they where in the industry.

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Kay April 22 2014 at 8:18 AM

I am so pleased that someone finally had the courage to go after these pedophiles in Hollywood. There are many witnesses to the abuse that has been swept under the rug for years & the lawyer has investigated these claims before filling this suit. The FBI should be investigating these claims & stopping the parties that these directors/TV executives are throwing whereby alcohol, drugs are given to minors & later underage/illegal sex or rape is occurring. Do not accuse the victim here of just being $ hungry; he has many witnesses to the extreme trauma he endured as a juvenile by these men. None of these TV executives are married or have girlfriends according to what I've read. But there are many photos of Singer with underage looking teen boys at parties-strange isn't it? Collins-Rector's attorney tried to poo poo the claims against him before he was convicted of molesting a 13 yr. old boy-only because the boy was smart enough to have a tape recording of Collins-Rector admitting his pedophilia. Funny isn't it that Newman worked for Collins-Rectors co. & Singer was often at "parties" at Collins-Rectors home. Read the lawsuit the victim has filed against these men & see it is extremely graphic, disturbing, & far too detailed for someone to just be making this up. Collins-Rector lured the victim to his home by having a younger "brother" of his gay partner who wasn't really his brother at all befriend the victim at age 14 and invite him over. The victim here was drugged & held down & raped, a gun held to his head, locked in a closet for hours & had his mom's and his life threatened. I don't like it when someone comes forward with sex abuse claims as a juvenile & people assume it's all fake & just a shakedown. The 2 Corey's along with River Phoenix all had similar claims of men in power running pedophile sex rings with underage boys; why aren't these men being investigated instead of the victims being disbelieved? I believe the victim & I'm sorry he had this terrible traumatic events happen to him. I hope he sues & wins & these men go to jail.

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msgoe Kay April 22 2014 at 9:24 AM

well said

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Ralph April 22 2014 at 3:32 AM

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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Sharon Ralph April 22 2014 at 3:49 AM

"These are the people who influence what we see and think.? some people are influence by these perverts, not all people.
And yes, it's been a hush-hush thing for years...it's called "Casting couch"

Look at Lou Pearlman and the boy bands...disgusting

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endsleyyates April 22 2014 at 1:48 PM

If this does have something to do with Corey Feldman, he needs to come forward now!

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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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rjamestown April 22 2014 at 8:19 AM

Amazingly, this is not getting alot of coverage on networks....however, if this is true, I hope this young man finds the peace and justice he deserves. People who do this sort of thing inflict the worst type of emotional pain on individuals and they have to deal with it for the rest of their lives...only Jesus can heal these deep wounds...and I hope and pray the media gets on top of this story.

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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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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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