A former NBC network executive responded personally today to allegations contained in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy almost 15 years ago.
TheWrap.com reports that Garth Ancier, the onetime president of NBC Entertainment and a television veteran who has also been with Fox, Disney and Turner Broadcasting, among many TV jobs, called the allegations a "vile, unwarranted assault" on his reputation.
Ancier also called the lawsuit from Michael Egan a "get-rich-quick scheme," and wrote on social media sites: “I wanted you all to hear from me personally and know that I intend to fight with every resource available this vile, unwarranted assault on my reputation."
"Ancier was one of three executives named in lawsuits filed Monday by Egan and lawyer Jeff Herman alleging that he was part of a Hollywood sex ring that preyed on underage boys, including Egan," TheWrap reports. "The suit claims Ancier traveled to Hawaii with Egan on at least two occasions and forced him to consume drugs and alcohol and participate in supposedly unwanted sex acts.
"The suits filed in Hawaii Monday follow similar allegations that “X-Men” director Bryan Singer also sexually assaulted Egan."
Earlier this week, Ancier issued a statement through his attorney, Louise Ann Fernandez, who said: “All of the allegations made by the plaintiff against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented. As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him.”
Here is Ancier's personal statement, as published by TheWrap:
"Thanks and gratitude to my friends, family and colleagues for your support this week. I wanted you all to hear from me personally and know that I intend to fight with every resource available this vile, unwarranted assault on my reputation. The intimidation tactics used in this transparent get-rich-quick scheme employ as their weapons of choice press conferences in tandem with frivolous lawsuits which shamelessly exploit homophobic fears and stereotypes. The mere fact that I have never so much as set foot on the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff and his attorney claim numerous incidents took place and that Hawaiian law provided a convenient legal loophole for the plaintiff speaks volumes about the credibility of their allegations, not a single one of which is true. While I recognize we sadly live in a time where one is only innocent until allegations go viral on the Internet I remain confident that all of these allegations made against me will be exposed for the lies that they are and that the truth about my character will prevail."