A growing number of victims allege that behind its curtain of holier-than-thou progressivism, the entertainment world’s top A-list stars have engaged in the most depraved sexual abuse against vulnerable children and teens. And after years of cover-up, the institutional scandal is exploding.
The latest alleged atrocities involve “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and at least three other power players in the business: veteran television executive Garth Ancier, former Disney executive David Neuman and producer Gary Goddard.
Last month, former child actor and model Michael Egan filed civil suits against the men, alleging that they passed around underage boys “like pieces of meat at sex parties” in the late 1990s. Egan’s X-rated lawsuit exposes a cabal of alleged predators who supposedly plied young boys and teens with hard drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting them.
Egan says he repeatedly was molested, raped and beaten from the age of 15 at a mansion in southern California. The mansion was owned by another of Egan’s alleged abusers: Internet video mogul Marc Collins-Rector. He’s a registered sex offender who authorities said lured young boys online, drugged and raped them — and reportedly threatened them with a gun if they did not submit.
Egan’s allegations are especially chilling in light of similarly lurid charges made 17 years ago on the set of Singer’s movie “Apt Pupil.” Three underage boys — ages 14, 16 and 17 — filed suit alleging Singer and his crew forced them to take off peach-colored G-strings and strip naked in a shower scene for the movie. Authorities investigated. The suit was dismissed.
The alleged child rape scandal exposed by Egan does not exist in a vacuum:
• Last year, child actor Corey Feldman alleged rampant pedophilia in a brave, scathing memoir. He alleged that his best friend and co-star, the late Corey Haim, was sodomized by an older male on the set of their hit film “Lucas.” The boys, reportedly fed cocaine by a string of predators, attended parties with Hollywood talent manager and child actors’ rep Marty Weiss. Now a registered sex offender, Weiss pleaded no contest in 2012 to lewd acts on a child under the age of 14.
• Registered sex offender Jason Murphy, a Hollywood casting agent, reportedly kidnapped and molested an 8-year-old boy before joining the industry.
• Former child actor Todd Bridges, of “Diff’rent Strokes” fame, says he was abused by his agent.
• Former teen pop princess Debbie Gibson has spoken of “older male record executives” who hit on her while she was still underage.
• Despite disturbing and longstanding allegations of molestation and rape, directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski still enjoy professional acclaim and adoration of their peers.
• Fashion photographer Terry Richardson continues to enjoy the support of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus despite years of allegations of misogyny, manipulation and sexual misconduct against young models.
If all of these sickos had been Catholic priests, college fraternity members or charter school teachers, we wouldn’t have heard the end of the allegations. Perhaps the social-justice-awareness raisers in the Hollywood left should take a break from pointing fingers at everyone else — and put a stop to the monsters in their midst.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).