Top Hollywood Executives Deny Sexually Abusing Teenager
The three top Hollywood executives have denied sexually abusing Michael Egan.
Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman, three top Hollywood executives, have flatly denied sexually abusing a teenager in the 1990s. An attorney for one of the men said the allegations - made by Michael Egan, 31 - were "demonstrably untrue", while another called them "without merit."
Bryan Singer Has Denied Sexual Abuse
Egan has also filed a similar suit against X-Men movie director Bryan Singer on April 16.
"All of the allegations made by the plaintiff against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented," Ancier's attorney, Louise Ann Fernandez, said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
"As just one of many examples," Fernandez wrote, "Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him."
On his Twitter page, David Neuman said that the charges 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."
On Monday, a representative for Goddard said he was out of the country. Goddard will "review the complaint and respond appropriately. Based on what we understand the allegations to be, the complaint is without merit."
Ancier, 56, held top roles at Fox and NBC before rising to become president of NBC Entertainment.
Goddard, 59, founded The Goddard Group that created attractions at theme parks including Comcast's Universal Studios.
Neuman was formerly the president of Walt Disney Co's TV unit and chief programming officer at Time Warner's CNN. He is also the president and executive producer of Blackrock Productions.
Singer - who also vehemently denies the allegations - is currently preparing the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.