Last month, ER and Top Gun actor Anthony Edwards wrote an article for Medium accusing Hollywood producer Gary Goddard of molesting him. In the article, Edwards said he met Goddard at 12, after which he became a mentor figure. Unfortunately, he said Goddard also molested him and raped Edwards’ best friend. Though at the time Goddard denied any wrongdoing, seven more child actors have since come forward.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times published an exposé on Goddard. After Edwards came forward, seven others followed. In the article they describe the alleged abuse, saying Goddard would fondle them on Disneyland rides, during lulls in production and sexual abuse them during overnight stays on acting tours.
Goddard denies the allegations. Sam Singer, his publicist, said the allegations were “full of innuendo and hearsay.” He said, “If it were possible to prove a negative, Mr. Goddard would debate these 40-year-old allegations,” and that he “categorically [denies]” the claims. Singer also questioned why accusers were speaking out now, claiming they “maintained personal and professional relationships with Mr. Goddard well into adulthood, and now, out of the blue, are making false, disparaging and defamatory statements.”
Singer also denied Edwards’ allegations, writing in a longer statement:
Gary first met Anthony more than 40 years ago. Gary was a mentor, teacher and a friend to Anthony, which makes this story all the more disturbing to him. As to the allegations that Mr. Edwards made in his post today, I can unequivocally deny them on Gary’s behalf.
Gary played an important role in helping start Anthony’s acting career and acted as his personal manager. He has nothing but the greatest respect for Anthony as a person. Gary is saddened by the false allegations.
These are not the only claims against Gary Goddard. In 2014 Michael Egan brought a case against director Bryan Singer, executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman and Goddard. Egan accused the four men of raping him, though the case was dropped.
Goddard’s newest project, Broadway 4D, is due out next year. He wrote and co-directed the film with Singer.
Featured image by Marcus Yam via the Los Angeles Times