Actor Anthony Edwards, best known for his performance on eight seasons of ER, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and six Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as “Goose” Bradshaw in Top Gun (1986), claims that he was molested by producer Gary Goddard when he was 12-years old, and that the abuse went on for years and that Goddard sexually abused several other actors and also raped his best friend. Edwards, currently appearing on Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, on a post on Medium today, writes:
“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… 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 of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”
Edwards goes on to say that he’s only recently been able to confront what happened to him and to star healing with the help of therapy and from supportive friends and fellow survivors:
“Shame can thrive easily when we are isolated, but it loses its power when people come together to share their common experiences. One in six men have an abusive sexual experience before they turn 18. Only by breaking the stigma of childhood sexual abuse that we can heal, change attitudes, and create safer environments for our children.”
Twice, Goddard, now 63-years-old, has been sued twice by men claiming that he sexually abused them when they were teenagers. One in 2014, filed by former teen model Michael Egan III, claimed that Goddard, director Bryan Singer, and television executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman abused him. An anonymous British actor, also named Singer and Goddard. Singer had both lawsuits dismissed.
Goddard directed the junky Masters Of The Universe (1987) and Captain Power And The Soldiers Of The Future (1987), you know, the sort of films young boys enjoy. He later founded the Goddard Group, an entertainment design firm. He produced the Tony Award-winning revival of the musical Hair in 2009, and several other Broadway show, and oversaw several theme-park attractions for Universal Studios.
Edwards says that 22-years ago, he ran into Goddard at an airport and confronted him about the abuse, and that Goddard told him he was sorry and had gotten help. But just four years ago, Edwards said that he learned there had been more victims.