A publicist for writer-producer Gary Goddard, who Anthony Edwards has accused of molesting him when the actor was 14, issued a statement tonight in his client’s name: “As to the allegations that Mr. Edwards made in his post today, I can unequivocally deny them on Gary’s behalf,” Sam Singer wrote. Read the full statement below.
Edwards published an essay on Medium headlined, “Yes Mom, There Is Something Wrong.” In it, the ER alum and Law & Order: True Crime actor wrote: I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life. He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship, and the importance of studying. Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception.”
He added: “One of the most tragic effects of sexual abuse in children is that the victims often feel deeply responsible — as if it is somehow their fault. With their sick form of control, abusers exploit a child’s natural desire to bond. … The resulting damage to the emotional development of a child is deep and unforgivable.”
Singer,on Goddard’s behalf, denies the allegations. Here is the full statement:
I am responding on behalf of producer and writer Gary Goddard to allegations posted and made today by actor Anthony Edwards on the website Medium.
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.
The post by Anthony, as well as many of the news 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 The complaint was demonstrated to be fraudulent as it was completely fabricated, and ultimately withdrawn by the complainant and his attorneys.