Goddard was not in Hawaii with his accuser, Michael Egan, lawyer says
An attorney for Gary Goddard, the producer who's been accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was a minor, fired back in a strongly worded statement Wednesday, saying that the accusations are “categorically denied.”
The attorney, Alan Grodin, went on to assert that Goddard was not in Hawaii, where the abuse allegedly occurred, with Egan.
“Having had the opportunity to review the allegations in the Complaint filed against our client, Mr. Gary Goddard, we can say that the allegations against him are categorically denied,” the statement reads. “Mr. Goddard was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan. He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged. Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time.”
Egan's attorney, Jeff Herman, filed suits against Goddard, former Walt Disney Television president David Neuman and television executive Garth Ancier on Monday, alleging assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion. In his statement, Grodin blasted the allegations in the suits as “cookie-cutter” and “fantastical.”
“We have also reviewed the complaints filed against other defendants by Mr. Egan,” Grodin said. “The ‘cookie-cutter’ allegations in all of the complaints filed by Mr. Egan are so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face.”
Noting a similar lawsuit filed by Egan in 2000, Grodin accused Egan of “forum shopping” by filing the suits in Hawaii.
“We have now learned that this is not the first time that allegations of this sort have been made by Mr. Egan,” Grodin said. “His suit filed in 2000 against other parties referenced in the complaints made no mention of any alleged trips to the state of Hawaii. Filing the complaints in Hawaii is a blatant attempt by Mr. Egan of forum shopping.”
Adding that Goddard will “vigorously defend” the suit to “uphold his good name and reputation,” Grodin added, “We are confident that the objective facts will demonstrate that the allegations against Mr. Goddard are false.”
Ancier's attorney has also denied the allegations, calling them “demonstrably untrue,” while a Twitter account purportedly belonging to Neuman posted Monday night that Egan's allegations are “whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth.”