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Anthony Edwards says Gary Goddard molested him as a child

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Actor Anthony Edwards has claimed he was molested as a child by Gary Goddard, a writer and producer and the founder and CEO of entertainment design firm The Goddard Group.

In a detailed post on Medium, the "ER" alum described meeting Goddard when he was 12.

"My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet."

Edwards wrote that as an adult, he ran into Goddard at an airport, "and was able to express my outrage at what he had done. He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help."

A spokesman for Goddard called Edwards' story "false allegations," reported Deadline.

"Gary first 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. The post by Anthony, as well as many of the stories today reference a legal claim made against Gary approximately four years ago regarding sexual harassment. The complaint was demonstrated to be fraudulent as it was completely fabricated, and ultimately withdrawn by the complainant and his attorneys," Goddard's spokesman Sam Singer said in a statement.

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 13:57 IST