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Bryan Singer Accuser Files New Lawsuits, Accuses 3 Entertainment Execs of 'Sex Ring' Participation

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The lawyer representing Michael Egan, who last week accused X-Men Director Bryan Singer of drugging and raping him at 17, has filed three new lawsuits charging entertainment executives in participating in the same "Hollywood sex ring" targeting underage teens, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

5_eganJeff 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...

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

"We've alleged that there's a Hollywood sex ring, one of several sex rings," said Herman.

The suits allege that the three men were part of the same Hollywood sex ring that allegedly involved Singer. Herman says Egan was sexually abused by all three men at a home in Encino, Calif., and in Hawaii, and that force was used. The suit against Goddard includes an allegation of abuse when Egan was 15.

Watch KTLA's report on the allegations, AFTER THE JUMP...

Singer's lawyer says he was not in Hawaii during the time Egan claimed he abused him.

Two of the newly-accused men have responded, according to THR:

UPDATED: The Hollywood Reporter reached out to all three new defendants and/or their representatives. Goddard’s attorney Alan Grodin said in an email, “Gary is in China right now and we will have a proper statement in due course but needless to say this is without merit.”

Neuman, in five tweets, said “Hey everyone: obviously I have to be talking to and through lawyers, but I just want everyone to know right now that the disgusting allegations made against me are COMPLETELY FALSE. Also very shocking in that they don’t just stretch the truth, they are whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth. Sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document. Stay tuned; I will set the record straight. And thank you to the many friends who have reached out to me with messages of faith and support. I deeply appreciate it.”

Ancier has yet to respond.

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  1. This is turning into an ugly gay witch hunt.

    Posted by: Little Twatti | Apr 22, 2014 8:04:47 AM


  2. This is turning into an ugly gay witch hunt.

    Posted by: Little Twatti | Apr 22, 2014 8:04:47 AM


  3. You've got a pretty bad typo up there: "Singer's lawyer says he was in Hawaii during the time Egan claimed he abused him."

    He was NOT in Hawaii...

    Posted by: erik | Apr 22, 2014 8:07:16 AM


  4. If it is true, it is disgusting, but. Given this is a critical year for the senate and house seats and being gay, gay marriage and gay rights have taken forefront in politics..could this be a tactic to make gay men look like pedophiles so the right can go "SEE! we were right!"

    Posted by: Glen | Apr 22, 2014 8:08:31 AM


  5. Whilst these specific allegations may be true or lies this case does challenge one of Hollywood's most cherished hypocrisies - the number of gay men involved in an industry that has been in public denial for decades. Then again, the Roman church has managed to keep up the front despite all the gay priests falling out of their confessional closets...

    Posted by: arch | Apr 22, 2014 8:08:32 AM


  6. There is quite a roundup of Bryan Singer stories here -
    http://defamer.gawker.com/the-great-big-bryan-singer-sex-party-mailbag-1564764188/all

    He sounds like the gay Hugh Hefner.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 22, 2014 8:19:39 AM


  7. just sounds and feels strange that after ALL this time he comes forward.....I think he wants attention and $$$$$$.....If this was sooo tragic - why WAIT Yrs...? Why couldn't he have brought these charges 2-3yrs after not 15......???

    Posted by: disgusted merican | Apr 22, 2014 8:19:52 AM


  8. @Little Twatti - you are right. It is a gay witch hunt. I live in L.A. and have seen the circus driven by the attorney. The lawsuit is filed in Hawaii. The plaintiff's attorneys are not even admitted to practice law in California. So, why are there press conferences in California (3 blocks from my house)? Its a fishing expedition. Its obvious something was amiss in Encino - parties with young people, drugs, and sex (not exactly rare in L.A.). The actual plaintiff's complaints talk a lot about the DEN parties but are sketchy in facts as to the actual defendant's damaging behavior. Herman is fishing for someone who may actually have some solid facts on the abuse to support his case - and maybe more plaintiffs. Herman should be sanctioned as an attorney. California would suspend or disbar him if he was actually admitted to practice law in California. Unfortunately, the press conferences are nothing more than advertisements for the attorneys. Unless there is more that is disclosed, this case will never see trial and 3 people's reputations are permanently damaged.

    Posted by: Turing's Ghost | Apr 22, 2014 8:24:37 AM


  9. As a lawyer (working in London), it does upset me to see a well respected justice system like the states' turned into a media circus around these potentially very nasty and serious allegations. We are going through a series of celebrity sex cases over here and thank God they are mostly being dealt with as public prosecutions not civil claims for money.

    I suggest that the California public prosecutor takes over this case and investigates properly and kills it off if there is not substance to it.

    Posted by: arch | Apr 22, 2014 8:32:19 AM


  10. I blame Mia Farow

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 22, 2014 8:50:00 AM


  11. Firs of all, Sexual abuse is nothing to mess with, it's serious even more when it is about minors. I just hope the truth comes out, whatever it is. If there is truth in this, it's tragic and i think it will affect the gay rights movent ( because people will use it against all gay People, unfortunately) . But if it's just nonsense and fantari, I really hope those that come with these serious false accusations get hard punishment.

    Posted by: nn | Apr 22, 2014 8:51:33 AM


  12. We know exactly what this is because most of us have been there, pearl clutching aside. He was young, he was hot, he went to some parties and people came all over him. Years later, he got an idea that it was abuse. End scene.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Apr 22, 2014 8:56:16 AM


  13. He's UGLY! What self-respecting gay man would find him attractive?

    Posted by: litper | Apr 22, 2014 9:00:38 AM


  14. This is all right-wing politics driven It's part of an enormous backlash against the LGBT movement that include, among other things "This Week" putting arch homophobe Laura Ingraham on is Sunday panel on ABC.

    Mark my words there's more to come -- and I'm not talking "Hollywood orgies." I'm talking the wholesale smearing of LGBT people everywhere.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 22, 2014 9:08:52 AM


  15. I like how his mother is standing by him now but where the hell was she when he was allegedly getting drugged and raped at 15 in California and Hawaii? Seems to be a sad attempt to discredit and defame people for cash.

    Posted by: Brian G | Apr 22, 2014 9:15:27 AM


  16. Utterly Ridiculous!

    This man CHOSE to repeatedly go back over and over again, to the supposed house of debauchery, in which he alleges he was being sexually abused.

    It is highly probable he CHOSE to engage in sexual relations with these powerful men, expecting it will further his acting career.

    Personally I think he was an opportunist who CHOSE to fool around with some/or all of the accused, truly thinking he was going to be the next Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Instead his acting career went nowhere, and he's broke and bitter..and as opportunistic as he was back then, he is being opportunistic now hoping for a big fat cheque in the millions of dollars.

    I guarantee you if he got his way and did become the movie star he was hoping he would be, he wouldn't be uttering a single word about this because he would have gotten what he wanted from agreeing to have sex with these showbiz eldergays.

    Posted by: James | Apr 22, 2014 9:46:58 AM


  17. say what you believe about motives, he's naming names, dates, times, and places. if the facts aren't true and there's evidence to defend the accusations, it'll be thrown out before any trial happens. if any of the charges hold up, it will get messy.

    anyone who thinks an adult with a 17yo an example of pedophilia seriously needs to find a dictionary.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 22, 2014 9:47:07 AM


  18. Maybe the allegations are true; maybe they are false.

    But men pushing 50 who throw parties where the average age of the attendees is late teens, and where all sorts of alcoholic and chemical substances are freely available are utter morons.

    Bryan Singer may have a preference for 'barely legal' but he deserves no sympathy if he makes an error in terms of his partner's age.

    Don't throw wild parties with all sorts of narcotics where teenagers will be present.

    Gus Van Sant; Joel Schumacher; Kevin Spacey and Dustin Lance Black are all friends of Singer's and they also have a taste for the 'barely legal'. They must be nervous.

    Maybe this is a witch-hunt? But no-one can argue that the exploitation of teenagers by Hollywood big-wigs is not an issue.

    Want to avoid being sued - don't ply teenagers with drink and narcotics and then try to 'seduce' them.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 22, 2014 9:59:18 AM


  19. A 50 year old who ONLY and exclusively dates 18 year olds and who regards people aged 20 or over as being too old; and who plies his 18 year old lovers and guests with drink and drugs is clearly a suspicious character.

    Bryan Singer's parties were notorious. Over 20's were not allowed.

    Now while there is nothing illegal about that the chances that underage teenagers were in attendance is extremely high. And if he was giving them narcotics and liquor then he is liable.

    He is an utter fool completely undeserving of sympathy.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 22, 2014 10:14:10 AM


  20. David E., your warning is quite prescient. Of course, everyone knows this sort of thing happens sometimes, to someone, trying to break into certain parts of the entertainment industry. They also know it happens about 5X-10X as often with young women, but of course a homophobic and sexist society presumes a young woman being forced to exploit her sexuality (or even choosing to) in a heterosexual way is not truly being "ruined". The same men who are saying Singer should be hung by his b-lls are the ones who respond to stories of younger female teachers fooling around with 15 year old male students with "what a stud! I bet all his friends were jealous!". Would be interesting to known Egan's political opinions but in some sense that doesn't matter and could even be a false flag. The right-wing could have paid private investigators to a) find out who the most notorious Hollywood so-called ephebophiles were b) find one of their 'victims' and coerce him to come forward. Of course, I'm just speculating at this point. It took almost a decade to resolve the Dreyfus Affair...hopefully we aren't in for that.

    NB if these allegations are true I think these men are unethical slime, but if everyone involved was above the age of consent, and no one was held against their will, of course it wasn't illegal. Here's a tip: if a massive socioeconomic imbalance exists, and/or you're in a supervisory position or could be in any else's life, don't fool around with them if they are anywhere close to the age of consent unless you are too. It just looks really bad to most everyone else, including almost all straights and some gays. As I pointed out, the double standard I outlined above his existed and will exist for the foreseeable future. Sorry, it may not be fair, but it's true. Nobady cares if "he wanted it", and I have no doubt this little sl-t did. (really towleroad, we aren't even allowed to use that word anymore? wtf?)

    If you have the guts to see how this is playing in the right-wing echo chamber, visit a blog like "patdollard.com". Or of course just go to world nut daily, I'm sure they are covering it too.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 22, 2014 10:22:08 AM


  21. Did Michael Egan ever get any work? Ever appear in any production?

    Posted by: Critifur | Apr 22, 2014 12:47:15 PM


  22. Oh...and President Obama too. Yeah, he raped me too. Oh, and the Dalai Lama was there. Yeah, and and and Santa Claus.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Apr 22, 2014 1:06:09 PM


  23. Oh...and President Obama too. Yeah, he raped me too. Oh, and the Dalai Lama was there. Yeah, and and and Santa Claus.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Apr 22, 2014 1:06:10 PM


  24. Actually Critifur, something that is often glossed over in these stories (or absent altogether) is that Egan was being paid a couple of grand a week from various DEN accounts for often unspecified work. So while he was certainly being exploited on many levels and I'm not excusing anyone's behavior, he was prostituting himself for money and potential fame. It doesn't make the whole situation any less seedy but everybody involved was out for themselves in some way.

    Posted by: e.c. | Apr 22, 2014 1:33:55 PM


  25. It is not legal to have sex with underage prostitutes.
    It is not legal to provide drugs and alcohol to underage prostitutes.
    It is not legal to rape prostitutes.

    Posted by: Kim | Apr 22, 2014 2:01:20 PM


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