Hollywood producer Gary Goddard accused of molestation by 8 former child actors

Accusers include an 'ER' actor

Hollywood producer Gary Goddard faces molestation allegations made by eight former child actors.

Goddard is known for his work on many Broadway shows, as well as in TV and film. His Goddard Group company also designs rides for entertainment theme parks.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, Goddard is accused of molestation or attempted molestation by several former child stars from a Santa Barbara theatre group, including ER actor Anthony Edwards, Mark Driscoll and Bret Nighman.

The LA Times article states that the allegations range “from straying hands on thighs during lulls in a production or fondling in a darkened Disneyland ride, to repeated incidents of sexual abuse during a troupe’s overnight stays in a statewide tour”.

“This is a man who’s attracted to little boys, and attracted in the sickest way,” Edwards said. “This is not love, this is not friendship what he was doing. It is a horror because it is manipulating young hearts and minds.”

Goddard’s publicist, Sam Singer, has since disputed the allegations, describing the claims as “full of innuendo and hearsay”.

“If it were possible to prove a negative, Mr Goddard would debate these 40-year-old allegations,” Singer said, before “categorically denying” the claims.

Meanwhile, Goddard took a leave of absence from the Goddard Group last month when the allegations first surfaced.

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