Gary Goddard denies claims he molested Anthony Edwards
The following article contains allegations sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing
Top Gun and ER star Anthony Edwards has accused Masters the Universe director Gary Goddard molesting him when he was a teenager, accusations that he "unequivocally denies".
In an essay to Medium, the actor said he and five other boys were allegedly abused by Goddard and that it "went on for years".
Edwards said he met Goddard (who can be seen on the left in the photo below) when he was just 12-years-old, describing him as "a dominant force in my life" and a mentor.
"My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available," he wrote.
"Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group us, the gang, stayed quiet."
Edwards then went on to say that years later he confronted Goddard about the alleged abuse.
"I happened to run into Gary Goddard at an airport. I was able to express my outrage at what he had done. He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help. I felt a temporary sense relief."
However, Goddard has denied all the accusations made by Edwards his rep in a statement issued to Deadline.
"I am responding on behalf producer and writer Gary Goddard to allegations posted and made today by actor Anthony Edwards on the website Medium," Goddard's rep said.
"Gary first met 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."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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