Former Disney Executive Claims Bryan Singer's Sex Abuse Accuser Contradicted Himself
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.15.2014
David Neuman is also being sued...
A former Disney executive who has been sued alongside Bryan Singer for sexual abuse has filed new evidence that appears to contract the accuser's allegations. THR reports that David Neuman, who is the former president of Disney TV, has submitted a declaration that accuser Michael Egan signed in 2003 after he sued three other men who allegedly assaulted in in the 1990s which specifically says Neuman didn't assault him.
The declaration, which is included as an exhibit in a motion by Neuman's lawyer to dismiss the case, notes, "I have never had any kind of physical contact with David Neuman other than what is normal and appropriate between non-sexual acquaintances. Up until this last month [i.e. December 2003], I have only had incidental social contact with David Neuman, which involved primarily the exchange of polite greetings and small talk. … [Neuman] never acted improperly around me or toward me, on a personal or professional level. … David Neuman has always acted appropriately toward me."
The declaration also includes statements from Egan that he "never had any trips outside the continental U.S." with the three men that he sued; however, the lawsuits filed against Singer, Neuman, Gary Goddard and Garth Ancier claim that everyone involved traveled to Hawaii twice in 1999, which is where the sexual abuse took place.
The deposition also says that no one besides the three 2000 defendants--Marc Collins-Rector, Chad Shackley and Brock Pierce--sexually abused him. Egan's lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
All current defendants have denied the allegations and none of the 2014 defendants were named in Egan's 2000 lawsuit although the new allegations cover the same time period as the earlier lawsuit. All lawyers for Egan have refused to explain why.