In Santa Barbara, in her 1970 s, young actor Gary Goddard is a noble figure.
Goddard, a successful former drama genius who returned to his hometown in his 20 s to guide and guide children's actors, vowed to bring the most talented actors to Hollywood.
He drew on the constant track of other loyal boys known as the "Godard.
"But for several members of the theater group, the seemingly idyllic environment of privilege and commitment has a dark edge.
Forty years later, many of them said they were troubled by their encounter with Goddard.
Since actor Anthony Edwards wrote in an online article last month that Goddard sexually assaulted him in Santa Barbara, seven other members of the troupe told the Los Angeles Times, their former mentor has harassed or tried to harass them as boys.
Read more: producer Gary Goddard denied the sexual harassment allegations of actor Anthony Edward, said Meryl Streep, in Ross McGowan's criticism of Salma hahayek's writing about the threat and harassment of Harvey Weinstein, they describe Goddard's progress, including putting their hands on their thighs during production breaks, or stroking in the dark Disneyland, repeated sexual abuse during a troupe's overnight tour of the state.
In addition, Edwards and another former drama student said in an interview that Scott denevich, a later deceased classmate, told them that he was sexually assaulted by Goddard when he was a child.
The 65-year-old Goddard led a eclectic, lucrative career director, production and writing in Hollywood and Broadway, and worked as a designer for theme parks and other attractions.
He declined to be interviewed.
Sam Singer, his publicist, objected to the allegations, which he said were "full of gold and hearsay.
"If it is possible to prove negative, sir.
Goddard will debate these 40-year-
But he will only "categorically deny" their authenticity, Singh said.
Goddard's plaintiffs have been successful in Hollywood and other industries, but they say they have struggled with the psychological aftershocks of his alleged abuse.
Their personal experiences include treatment, tearful revelations about others, and dramatic confrontations with people they once revered.
Edwards of the Emmy said: "This is a person who is attracted by a little boy and attracted in the most disgusting way --"
Golden Globe Award-
Award-winning actors known for their roles in Top Gun and ER.
"It's not love, it's not friendship that he does.
It's a horror because it's manipulating the young mind.
For decades, the small seaside village, 160 kilometers north of Los Angeles, has been a Hollywood genius incubator.
Goddard, who graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1970, starred and directed student works with budding stars such as Timothy Barton, Timothy Barton and his three brothers
Goddard was a Disney geek whose mother made sandwiches at a local deli and his road to success was early on.
In 1976, he majored in theater, dance and film at the California Academy of Arts, and then earned a role at Walt Disney fantasy engineering, the company's proud theme park design group.
He continues to participate in Santa Barbara, directing youth works including Oliver!
And Jesus Christ Superstar.
For many boys, Goddard is as close as any family member.
"He's a little magical and exciting," Bret nigman said . " Bret nigman, a former actor, first met Goddard when he was 13.
Edwards described Goddard as "mentors, teachers and friends" and "dominant forces" in his life ".
Former actor Mark Driscoll said that in a period of time, the pompous red --
Auteur became "the most important person in my life.
"But there is a downside to his attention, and several of his former protesters say it makes them avoid being in the car with Goddard for the last time on a night trip, or closest to his bed
Driscoll said that Goddard has repeatedly sexually assaulted him over the past three years, but he declined to give details.
"I know I have to go through things I don't want to go through whenever a Mentor visits," he said . ".
Four Santa Barbara students told The Times that Delhi Cole was at a get-
Together twenty years ago.
Neiman said that Goddard had tried to harass him four times when he was 16 years old. on 1977, an incident occurred at the tutor's house. he allegedly rubbed the night man's crotch in the incident and forced the boy to respond.
Neiman's childhood friend, Mark Daley, who is now a Denver lawyer, said Neiman told him about an alleged abuse in the film, goddard tried to touch Peter Pan during his tour.
Leonard Hoffman who performed in Goddard's Oliver!
At the age of 13, Goddard also tried to use guidance as a prelude to touching him during the production process.
"He pulled me aside and put his hand on my lap and said, 'I am very proud of you,' and is heading towards my crotch department," Hoffman recalls, "he said, he told Goddard that he had a show to do to get rid of himself.
According to several people interviewed by The Times, Goddard's most shameless behavior was manifested in the production of Peter Pan.
Part of Santa Barbara
The California-based youth theater, which during the summer vacation, lingered on its rickety school bus, packed with playrooms throughout the state.
Goddard directed and choreographed the film, allowing him to get up close to young male actors, many of whom are playing the "lost boy" of Peter Pan's loyal follower tribe ".
Godard's close relationship with the actors has aroused suspicion among the show's producer, Barbara Costa.
Describes the "mother hen" of the boys and girls hired to take care of the actors ".
Costa, 83, said in an interview that she became "highly suspicious" about Goddard's behavior on the tour and "The way Gary collects these boys ".
They will turn around him.
Costa said Goddard insisted on using room partitions to keep other adults on the tour away from the boys at night --
Then sleep on the side of the boy.
On 1977, in a camp near Lake Tahoe, gostada said she saw Edwards walking like a pain in her body, with a "terrible look on her face as if he were going to cry. ” (
Edwards said he did not remember it. )
Costa said she expressed concerns about Goddard to Jack Nakano, founder and director of the California Youth Theatre, but said he expressed doubts and asked her to provide evidence.
All she had, she said, was "a mother's intuition about her child," which was abandoned.
Nakano passed away on 2009.
Edwards claimed in his online articles and interviews that Goddard had sexually abused him as a child, but other than that, he would not elaborate.
However, two of his actor partners at Peter Pan described seeing Goddard Moster Edwards on 1977 tour.
On this trip, the 15-year-old night man claimed in his own online article that after a physical struggle to keep him away from his own bed and underwear, he watched Goddard forcibly enter Edwards's bed and sexually harassed him.
Another actor, who declined to be named, said he witnessed a tour of Goddard Moster Edwards while spending the night at the Girl Scout camp in San Diego.
Many people described the San Diego camp as being squeezed together, making Goddard close to several boys.
Edwards confirmed these claims.
"Yes, Gary Goddard harassed me during a trip to Peter Pan," he told The Times in an email.
Former drama students say that many parents are skeptical about Goddard, but when they defend Goddard, their doubts are often relieved because he is an opposition to drinking, smoking and
Edwards said he concealed his alleged abuse secrets from his mother, and when she asked about the rumor that Goddard was a pedophile, he "shed tears in complete panic" to deny that.
"He inserted a stake between his child and his parents," derricol said . ".
Perhaps there is no secret of being kept as strict as Drnavich's alleged sexual assault.
He was a talented young actor, dancer and singer, and at the age of 15 he played a lost boy, "Freckles ".
Three people told The Times that he later shared with them what he said about childhood sexual abuse.
Edwards said he and denevich talked to each other about their encounter with Goddard.
Drnavich was furious at him for saying that abuse had a lingering effect on his adult relationship, and he told him that Goddard had sexually assaulted him "on many occasions.
Another friend of Drnavich, who asked not to be named, said that Drnavich had also told him that "Gary had harassed him many times when he was a minor.
Lisa ligart, a childhood friend from Santa Barbara, said denevich had repeatedly told her that an adult had sexually assaulted her and that he claimed the adult had harassed Edwards as well.
Drnavich died of HIV/AIDS
Related complications in 1997.
Several of his friends said he was plagued by sexual abuse.
"He is such a beautiful, funny, innocent person, which makes it worse to see the pain he has suffered," ligate said . ".
Goddard's PR singer said Drnavich "no longer denies this with us and cannot speak for himself", but he provided some letters, he said the letters showed that drnavich, who had only seven people, died months before his death.
According to the singer, the letters thanked Goddard for preparing a computer and a camera for his business.
Drnavich's mother, Arline Drnavich, said her son had never disclosed any sexual abuse to her.
Goddard, an important part of denevich's life, said she was "very respectful", especially after the death of her son.
Drnavich, 88, said she learned last month that her late son's friend was spreading allegations of sexual assault.
"It's hard to understand, but it's very harmful and that's for sure," she said . ".
As Goddard's image developed in Hollywood, he kept in touch with the boys he met in Santa Barbara.
His most important film credit was as director of the 1987 Masters of the universe, which was a key business failure, but as a manager he started his hometown kids Edwards and Eric Stolz
He developed his career as a designer of theme parks and other attractions.
Set up Landmark Entertainment Group with former Santa Barbara classmates.
The company is backed by the Saudi prince.
Waleed Ben Talar is working with the late pop singer Michael Jackson.
Goddard later established the Goddard Group, which participated in billions-
Dollar projects including large project design
Casinos in China
Goddard announced last month that he will be on vacation as CEO so that the company can "continue their projects without the disruption of recent allegations ".
He hired several former Santa Barbara protesters to work for him as landmarks and other roles.
These include Delhi Cole, who served as an executive at land Plaza from 1987 to 1996.
In denying the allegations, Singh asked the plaintiff who "maintained personal and professional relations with Singh.
Goddard has grown up, and now suddenly he has made false, derogatory and defamatory remarks.
Driscoll quoted "long.
He said Goddard still had lasting influence and strength on him.
In 1990, while still employed by Landmark, Driscoll said
Along with a group of close friends at the Santa Barbara Theater, one of them cried, claiming that he was sexually abused by Goddard when he was a child.
According to Driscoll, others shared their own allegations against Goddard until all six men in the group of close friends disclosed that he had sexually abused them as a child.
Four other men involved confirmed derricol's description of confession and described to the times their own allegations of sexual abuse by Goddard as a child.
Each of them asked not to be named in this article.
One of the men claimed that Goddard touched Peter Pan during a stop on his trip, harassing him by undoing his sleeping bag.
Another claimed that Goddard masturbated him while driving home from Disneyland.
The third former student claimed that he was "aggressively kissed" and groped by Goddard, including a Episode stroked in the dark journey of Disneyland, after several years of "raids ".
The fourth man said he spent the night in Florida when he was a teenager.
Goddard's place for Disney World Director stage performance
In Los Angeles, Goddard asked him to sleep in the same bed as him and masturbate him.
Driscoll said that, driven by "anger and doubt", the group drove to Goddard's home near the Hollywood Reservoir that night, where they slammed the door,
Front tutor facing and quiet.
Driscoll said Goddard listened to their complaints and apologized.
In a statement by The Times, Janie Mudrick-
Mother of Goddard children
Denies derricol's allegations of abuse by Goddard.
Santa Barbara native mudric said she was 13 years old when she met 18-year-old Goddard and "never had any indication or evidence to prove" involved Delhi Cole.
Referring to the fact that derricol accused Goddard of "modifying" his victims, murdrick said it was "not modifying --it was care.
Edwards said in his own account that he confronted Goddard 20 years ago when he was sexually abused at the airport.
Edwards wrote that Goddard "vowed to blame himself and said he was helped" and he "felt temporary relief.
But Edwards said the relief disappeared in 2014, when Goddard was charged with sexual abuse of underage boys at the age of 1990 and 2000 in two federal lawsuits. (
The proceedings were voluntarily dismissed within a year, and one of the plaintiff's lawyers apologized to the other two defendants for including them in the proceedings.
A spokesman for Goddard said the lawsuit was "fraudulent ". ”)
He said Edwards's "anger reappeared" at Goddard, and friends took him to a therapist who specializes in the treatment of victims of sexual abuse.
He said that when he finally felt "able to talk about it as a survivor rather than as a victim, he drafted an article suggesting Goddard.
Movie tycoon Harvey Weinstein was publicly charged with sexual assault and sexual harassment before deciding to release the account, opening the floodgates for the grievances of other alleged abusers.
Edwards published his account in November.
Inspire others to tell their own story about Goddard.
"In a sense, this is really my 'me too, '" Edwards said '. " He added that since then he has been overwhelmed by letters from victims of sexual abuse.
"The number of letters and emails I received was heartbreaking, but it was also great because people were recovering.