Broadway producer Gary Goddard has filed a motion calling for the dismissal of his sex abuse lawsuit. The entertainment executive was sued last month (Apr14) over allegations he and three other males sexually abused Michael Egan in Hawaii in 1999, when the accuser was a teenager.
Goddard, who denied the claims, filed a motion to dismiss the case in Hawaii on Thursday (22May14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He provided 300 pages of diary notes, receipts and tickets to prove he was not in Hawaii during the time the alleged abuse took place.
His lawyers, Paul Gaspari and Alan Grodin, say, "Gary Goddard's sworn declaration, supported by detailed evidence, confirms that he was never in Hawaii during the period of time that Michael Egan alleges he was abused... We have consistently asserted throughout this whole unfortunate matter that our client vehemently rejects the allegations made against him, which are provably false."
X-Men director Bryan Singer, who is also facing a lawsuit from Egan, filed a similar motion on Wednesday (21May14).
An unnamed British man has added to filmmaker Bryan Singer's woes by alleging the X-Men director sexually assaulted him in a new lawsuit. The new suit, filed by Jeff Herman, the same attorney who filed child sex abuse suits last month (Apr14) on behalf of Michael Egan against Singer and three Hollywood executives, suggests Singer had sex with his client at a Superman-themed party at a London hotel, when the plaintiff was 17.
Singer and producer Gary Goddard, who has also been named in the anonymous Brit's lawsuit, have denied the claims they sexually assaulted him.
Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer, who previously dismissed Egan's claims against his client has called the new allegations "totally untrue," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He adds, "After the substance of (Herman’s) previous defamatory and fabricated filing in Hawaii was disproved based on unassailable evidence, Mr. Herman's desperation has led him to fabricate these new anonymous accusations against Mr. Singer, which we will also prove to be completely false."
Egan claimed he had had sex with Bryan Singer at a party in Hawaii, while the director's lawyer insists he has credit card receipts, cellphone bills, movie production schedules and over a hundred witnesses that will demonstrate Bryan Singer was elsewhere at the time.
In his suit, the latest plaintiff also alleges Goddard contacted him via social media when he was 14, and they eventually had sex after a series of nude webcam sessions.
Goddard’s lawyer, Alan Grodin, says, "It is a shame that the specious claim made by Herman in the Egan case has resulted in this new claim that we note is over 10 years old. For now we will say the claims are denied and Gary will vigorously defend."
The earlier suit against Singer has yet to be served, prompting Singer's attorney to add, "It is time for the media and public to focus their attention on Mr. Herman's nefarious motives and tactics which seem to be driven solely by his need to shake down an innocent man like Bryan Singer. We intend to seek sanctions against Mr. Herman for his reckless, unethical behaviour."
Lawyers representing the three entertainment executives accused of the forcible sexual abuse of a teenager in 1999 have spoken out to defend their clients and refute Michael Egan's allegations. Egan stunned Hollywood last week (ends18Apr14) when he filed suit against X-Men director Bryan Singer, accusing him of similar allegations, and on Monday (21Apr14) he named three other men who reportedly frequented the parties in Hawaii and Hollywood, where he claims to have been abused.
Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman filed suit against TV executive Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, alleging wrongful conduct in Hawaii and Los Angeles in 1999, when Egan was 17.
Singer's lawyer has already denied the claims, insisting he has documents and witnesses to prove that his client was not in Hawaii at the times the alleged abuse occurred at parties there, and now attorneys representing Ancier and Goddard are speaking out.
Ancier's legal rep says, "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.
"As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him."
Meanwhile, Goddard's attorney, Alan Grodin, has offered up an email statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which reads: "Gary is in China right now and we will have a proper statement in due course, but needless to say, this is without merit."
And Neuman chose to respond in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing: "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."
Egan claims the sexual abuse he was subjected to occurred at a series of parties over a two-year period. He held a press conference in Los Angeles last week (17Apr14), during which he claimed he was raped "numerous times" by "numerous individuals" at the "sordid" parties.
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