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Actor Anthony Edwards writes powerful essay accusing producer Gary Goddard of molestation

Actor Anthony Edwards writes powerful essay accusing producer Gary Goddard of molestation”

The ER actor has opened up about a painful chapter from his past.

In a powerful post on Medium, Edwards recalled meeting Goddard when he was 12, and described how the producer "quickly became a dominant force in [his] life" as a mentor and role model.

As Hollywood's watershed moment of transparency and sexual misconduct continues, actor Anthony Edwards has written a devastating essay accusing writer and producer Gary Goddard of molesting him as a child.

'Pedophiles prey on the weak.

He says his group of friends all looked up to Goddard, and claims he wasn't the only one abused by the filmmaker. Edwards had this to say. "My vulnerability was exploited", he wrote.

"I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him - and this went on for years", Edwards wrote.

Edwards frames the piece around "one of the most tragic effects of sexual abuse in children", which is that "victims often feel deeply responsible", to explain why Goddard's alleged behavior was kept quiet. With their sick form of control, abusers exploit a child's natural desire to bond.

22 years ago, I happened to run into Gary Goddard at an airport. "I was able to express my outrage at what he had done", Edwards wrote. He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help.

'I felt a temporary sense of relief.

Temporary, according to Edwards, because of the rage he felt when Goddard's name reappeared in headlines several years ago. The scandal that Edwards referenced is related to Michael Egan III, who claimed that he had been molested by X-Men director Bryan Singer.

He also spoke about the shame and guilt he began to experience, as many victims internalize the abuse and take it on themselves. Before Egan withdrew his lawsuit, he had alleged sexual abuse by each of the four men.

Edwards, best known for playing Dr. Mark Greene on NBC's medical drama and now starring as Judge Stanley Weisberg on Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, used a medium post Medium to accuse Goddard of preying on him as a vulnerable child.

He said his mother asked him at 14 whether Goddard was a pedophile, but Edwards "denied it through tears of complete panic".

"At 51 years old, I was directed by a group of loving friends to a therapist who specializes in this kind of abuse", Edwards, now 55, wrote. Only after I was able to separate my experience, process it, and put it in its place could I accept this truth: My abuse may always be with me, but it does not own me.

Edwards has since gone to therapy to address the issues left over from his childhood abuse.



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