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Hollywood and Broadway executives fight back over teen sex assault allegations

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Apr 22, 2014 | 5:00pm EDT

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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