It was last year when a major scandal broke out in Hollywood, with Michael Egan accusing top executive of the movie and theater business of sexual abuse.
At the time only 17-year old, Michael Egan pressed charges against Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men, as well as against Garth Ancier – television producer, David Neuman – executive of Disney, and others.
It was a public outrage and a downright controversy as the men accused of sexual abuse held that they had never engaged in such behavior with Michael Egan. Egan held out his accusation and hired a team of lawyers to aid him in his pursuit for the alleged justice he was looking for.
Now, one year later, Egan’s lawyers send the former accused executives letters of apologies and an undisclosed sum to compensate for the harm they have unknowingly caused at the time.
The team formerly representing Michael Egan was represented by Mark Gallagher – Miami based lawyer, and Jeffrey Herman – Florida based lawyer. Together, they issued a letter of apology that was sent to both Ancier and Neuman.
After the misleading trial initiated by Michael Egan and dropped two months later, in June 2014, Garth Ancier and David Neuman decided to take legal action of their own and bring Egan and his lawyer team in front of the court for defamation and malicious prosecution.
Ironically enough, Michael Egan broke the scandal just as Singer, also accused by Egan of sexual abuse, was releasing X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer is reported to have settled the case with Gallagher and Herman for a mere 100,000 dollars to save himself the headache, although he maintained his claims of being innocent throughout. A rather justifiable action when reputation and harsher implications are at stake.
It seems that the entire scandal is pinpointed now in a documentary that makes the theater run starting June 5th.
The documentary is called An Open Secret and is based on a story of five men, one of whom is easily identifiable as Michael Egan who used to be child actors working with Digital Entertainment Network. DEN was an online channel the target group of which was represented by teenagers.
Both David Neuman and Bryan Singer whom Michael Egan accused of sexual abuse were connected to DEN as investor, respectively director. Regardless of the Hollywood scandal involving Neuman and Singer, founder of DEN Marc Collins-Rector and Bryan Peck, acting trainer are now convicted for sexual abuse.
Following the dropping of the trial in June last year, Michael Egan was convicted in an unrelated case by a North Carolina federal court, on fraud accusation.
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