Hollywood producer Gary Goddard faces a brand new wave of sexual misconduct allegations from eight former little one actors who claimed that Goddard both molested or tried to molest them a long time in the past.
The alleged abuse occurred when Goddard taught a Santa Barbara theater troupe within the 1970s, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
The accusers – together with actor Anthony Edwards – recalled viewing Goddard, who was in his 20s on the time, as a mentor as they tried to get their begin within the leisure enterprise.
“It is a man who’s interested in little boys, and attracted within the sickest approach,” Edwards stated. “This isn’t love, this isn’t friendship what he was doing. It’s a horror as a result of it’s manipulating younger hearts and minds.”
Bret Nighman claimed to the L.A. Instances he was 16 when Goddard non-consensually rubbed his crotch, earlier than making Nighman do the identical to him.
One other accuser, Linus Huffman, additionally shared a narrative wherein Goddard place a hand on him.
“He pulled me apart and put his palms on my legs and went, ‘I am very happy with you,’ and was going in direction of my crotch space,” Huffman stated, including he finally stated he needed to get again to work to get out of the state of affairs.
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Nighman and one other former Goddard pupil — who didn’t disclose his identification — every accused Goddard of molesting Edwards whereas they had been on tour for a “Peter Pan” present in 1977. Goddard informed the newspaper that these tales had been true.
Mark Driscoll, in the meantime, claims Goddard sexually abused him a number of occasions in a three-year span. He additionally informed the newspaper that he and 5 of his fellow former colleagues from the theater group acquired collectively in 1990, and finally every informed the others they’d been abused by Goddard after they had been youngsters.
Edwards and one other unnamed accuser additionally declare a former classmate named Scott Drnavich who’s now lifeless informed them Goddard sexually assaulted him in his youth as effectively. Drnavich’s mom informed the L.A. Instances her son by no means made allegations in opposition to Goddard to her.
These new allegations come weeks after Edwards, a star of “ER” and “Prime Gun,” printed an essay wherein he claimed Goddard molested him a long time in the past.
A rep for Goddard, 65, “categorically” denied every of those allegations, telling the L.A. Instances that they’re “stuffed with innuendo and rumour.”
Along with producing performs, Goddard directed the Dolph Lundgren-led superhero film “Masters of the Universe,” which premiered in 1987, whereas creating TV sequence “Mega Infants” and “Captain Energy.”