In recent weeks, four high-profile Hollywood executives -- director Bryan Singer, former NBC executive Garth Ancier, former Disney executive David Neuman, and Broadway producer Gary Goddard -- were slapped with sexual abuse lawsuits. The filings, which originated from attorney Jeff Herman, were full of lurid allegations, claiming that the men engaged in the serial rape of teenage men at Hollywood sex parties in 1999.
The salacious allegations made headlines across the nation, but the cases abruptly collapsed after the defendants produced evidence proving that they could not have been at the scene at the time Herman's client Michael Egan claimed the assaults had taken place, and that Egan had testified in a 2003 lawsuit that he'd never traveled outside the continental United States.
Only the lawsuit against Singer remains, and that case may be dismissed as well. Given this turn of events, attention is now turning to Herman, who is facing accusations of homophobic character assassination. The Wrap reports:
Attorney Jeff Herman, who filed the suits on behalf of Michael Egan in Hawaii, raised eyebrows from the start by calling a news conference at the Four Seasons Los Angeles hotel to announce the initial lawsuit filed against director Bryan Singer. The lawsuit seemed timed for maximum media impact, just ahead of the opening of the Singer's new "X-Men" movie in April.
The allegations were horrific: that Singer had serially raped a teenaged Egan while the young man was still a minor, promising him roles in his movies. And it was followed by lawsuits against the former Hollywood and Broadway executives...
From the start the flimsiness of the evidence in the Hawaii cases was disturbing to many, but so were the accusations which, if true, suggested a cabal of gay producers and movie executives preying on innocent teen boys.
More, after the break.