Hollywood Predators vs. Michael Jackson
These days we see an avalanche of revelations about sex abuse crimes committed against children.
The Sandusky and Savile cases, the scandal of the Labor party officials hushing up child abuse in the UK back in the 90s, Corey Feldman speaking of pedophilia as the Hollywood number one problem, Woody Allen’s daughter accusing him of molestation and the recent accusations of director Bryan Singer and other top executives of sexual crimes against youngsters – one case is piling up on top of another suggesting that what we see now is only the tip of an iceberg.
On a background like this a legitimate question arises – if the scope of the problem is that big how come it was only Michael Jackson that the media has always been busy with?
Shouldn’t they have noticed anything else around them besides the allegations against Jackson?
A possible answer to this is that the media was never really interested in uncovering the problem of child sex abuse and was simply making permanent use of Michael Jackson as a means to raise their ratings, entertain the public and make money by publishing something scandalous about him which was not necessarily true but was sure to grab public attention and increase their sales.
The fun they were having while reporting the 2005 trial and recorded in the documentary film about the trial (by Dana Gedrick and Barry Shaw) makes us suspect that the media did know that the allegations were not for real and that the artificial hype created by the media around Michael Jackson was simply a guaranteed source of income for everyone feeding off this cruel business of the daily crashing of MJ’s bones.
CORRECTING THE DISBALANCE
While Michael Jackson’s scandals were spinned, exaggerated and faked due to the media agenda and numerous crooks who took advantage of the situation for making a quick buck for themselves, real cases of child abuse went unnoticed, under-reported and silenced by the press.
This resulted in a huge disbalance in the public perception of Michael Jackson and all others who were ever suspected or accused of child molestation – the media hysteria around MJ left a long-lasting impression that there was something tangible to those allegations (though there was none), while the crimes of real abusers were hardly scratched on the surface, were swept under the carpet and the few scrambles that remained in public view only looked like something comparable to MJ’s case due to the ugly habit of thinking bad about Jackson forced on us by the media.
Michael Jackson’s detractors are making use of this disproportion in public perception and in their boundless hypocrisy claim that there is no difference between him and all others accused or even convicted of this crime.
No, there is a difference between them and a very big one at that! Michael was dissected under a magnifying glass for no less than 20 years and was nevertheless found clean and was fully acquitted, while the crimes of all those others go uninvestigated for decades despite numerous complaints from abused children and when someone cares to finally look, everyone freezes in horror with what they see, quickly convict and then hurry to forget.
What I mean is that the rules of the game for Michael Jackson and all others were made different. And because of that the value of his not-guilty verdict is also different. Because what has been learned as a result of 20 years of research can never compare with a study of several months only. And since Michael was under the closest scrutiny for almost 20 years the value of his acquittal is incomparably higher.
In fact it is a sort of a gold standard in comparison with the quick fix done by the justice system for some criminals who were caught red-handed at the final moment of their criminal career.
And throwing him into the same class as the real predators is the same as throwing a criminal and an innocent man into one cell solely on the grounds that both were once suspected of a similar crime.
Despite the obvious injustice of such an approach this is nevertheless what is happening to Michael Jackson on a routine basis.
The last straw that broke my back in this connection was a photo recently published on the Internet. It came with a story about sex abuse allegations made by Michael Egan against film-director Bryan Singer and three more Hollywood executives. The text was quoting Corey Feldman’s book where he said that pedophilia is the number one problem in Hollywood and the photo in question was accompanying the text.
This is the photo they saw fit to illustrate Corey Feldman’s words with:
The abomination of what they’ve done here is simply beyond description.
To illustrate Corey Feldman’s words about the child abuse problem ravaging Hollywood they used the picture of a man who was thoroughly investigated and fully acquitted on all counts and who never did any harm to any of the men depicted in the picture (or anyone at all).
Never mind the fact that Corey Feldman spoke of Michael Jackson never once acting inappropriately toward him.
- I have also read untrue statements attributed to me during his trial. Stating that I had said that he showed me porn magazines, or left them lying around his house. Again totally untrue…I never said that. I have also seen countless references to him molesting me or us having a sexual relationship. Let me be very clear 1 more time. Michael Jackson NEVER tried to touch me in an inappropriate way. (from Corey Feldman’s blog)
Never mind that Corey Feldman said that ‘of all people’ Michael Jackson never took advantage of the vulnerable teenager he was.
Corey Feldman: I’m saying that there are people that did this to both me and Corey Haim that are still working, that are still out there, and they are some of the richest and most powerful people in this business.
Walters: Are you saying that they are pedophiles?
Walters: And that they are still in this business?
Feldman: YES. They don’t want me here right now. They want me dead.
Walters: You are damaging an entire industry!
Feldman: I’m sorry, I’m not trying to. I’m just trying to say it’s a very important, serious topic.
Sherri Shepherd: There is one gentleman in this industry who did NOT take advantage of you. He was not a pedophile. You said it was Michael Jackson.
Feldman: Of all people!
Never mind that after the horrors of abuse Corey sustained in the hands of other people Michael Jackson was actually the one to whom he turned for normalcy and it was Michael Jackson indeed who brought him back to his innocence.
- Feldman’s childhood was so troubled that he looked to his friend Michael Jackson, introduced to him by director Steven Spielberg, for normalcy. “Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place,” he writes. “Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again.” Feldman stresses in the book that Jackson never once acted inappropriately toward him.
Never mind that when questioned by the Santa Barbara sheriffs in 1993 Corey Feldman actually gave the names of his real abusers but no one paid attention to them as the sheriffs were solely after Michael Jackson. Radaronline has the tape now and even knows the names of these people but for some reason does not think it possible to reproduce the recording in full:
- We have uncovered a recording of the Stand By Me actor’s interview with Santa Barbara sheriffs, recorded in December 1993 when he was aged 22, during which he told them: “I myself was molested. Shockingly, Feldman actually named his alleged abusers — we have excluded them from the excerpt, below — but the detectives expressed little interest in investigating the monsters, lasering in on the “King Of Pop” instead.
“I know what it’s like to go through those feelings and believe me, the person who molested me, if this was him that did that to me, this would be a different story,” Feldman told Sgt. Deborah Linden and Detective Russ Birchim.
“I would be out there, up front, doing something immediately to have this man given what was due to him.”
The frustrated star is now questioning why his report went nowhere. “All names were given to police before statute had run out but they did zero,” he wrote to a fan on Twitter recently, who had asked why he did not report the men to authorities.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to Radar’s request for comment and questions as to why it did not investigate the matter.
Never mind that Corey Feldman said that the problem of people who use, abuse and discard youngsters as damaged goods is an overwhelming one in Hollywood:
“Feldman claimed on a 2011 episode of Nightline and repeats in the book that the “number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia.”
“Corey and I were pegged as the scapegoats,” said Feldman. “People need to know the reason Corey and I were swept under the carpet like the beaten dogs that were sent to the pound so no one had to deal with us anymore. I stood up and said there is a bigger problem, that I’d lost Corey and that I didn’t want to see any more kids lost to these sick perverts.”
Never mind even the fact that the subject of the article is actually Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard and it is absolutely not about MJ.
Despite all that they are still using the picture of Michael Jackson to illustrate the problem and even add to it Macauley Culkin who always strongly spoke in the defense of Michael’s innocence!
What they are doing is a complete disgrace.
Of course it is an intentional attempt to smear Michael’s name – for an umpteenth time, and let us not explain it by a simple blunder or downplay its damaging effect. Dirty media tricks like that are extremely damaging and it is as a result of these manipulations that the public vision of Michael Jackson is heavily distorted. This is why each time molestation issues are raised his ‘case’ is regarded as something big (while it is virtually non-existent) while real abusers, even those who were convicted of their crimes, still look like a tiny spot far on the horizon.
I am asking you to take off these distortion-vision spectacles and restore the reality to its right proportions. To help you with the task I suggest looking at others accused of similar things and making a quick check-up between the evidence here and there as well as imagine how the same would look like had it been Michael Jackson in their place.
An experience like this is indispensable, especially in a situation when several years after Michael’s death Wade Robson and Safechuck suddenly recalled their own abuse. For telling fiction from reality there is nothing like the sad experience of real sex abuse victims and a chance to compare them with stories like the one told by Robson now is priceless.
BRYAN SINGER, GARTH ANCIER, GARY GODDARD, DAVID NEUMAN
By way of introduction of the lawsuit filed by Michael Egan and another young man against their alleged abusers Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman, here is a photo taken at one of the parties hosted by director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) and frequented by X-Men director Bryan Singer.
This particular photo was taken on June 15, 2009 and comes from a source available to all:
The text for the above says:
Whenever there’s something gay in Los Angeles, there is always an after party at 2012 director Roland Emmerich’s estate. With Valkyrie director-producer Bryan Singer at his side, the A-gays gather to pay their respects — before stripping down to their Speedos and diving into the pool.
And sorry, no photos of the after-after party (which generally has a clothing-optional policy), nor do we have pictures from what happened when Roland and Bryan (pictured, Page 3) took a few select young men into the house for private casting sessions.
All I can say about the photo in the pool is that I personally see there at least three very young faces.
Two of them should be no more than 14 years old (if not younger) and one more looks like a 15-17 year-old. If you follow the black arrows pointing to their heads in the picture you will realize that the faces of at least two of them are much smaller in size than those of others and this betrays them to be children.
What are these youngsters doing here? And are they to attend an “after-after” party where a clothing is generally “optional” and the select young guys are taken into the house for “private casting sessions”?
Now could you take off your distortion-vision spectacles please and imagine that this picture was taken in Neverland? What a row of cosmic proportions would it have created with the media and prosecution had the photo been taken in Michael Jackson’s pool? What would have Tom Sneddon and Ron Zonen said? And what story would have been told by Michael’s big friend Diane Dimond?
I am more than sure that if the picture had been in any way related to MJ this photo would have become central for the prosecution case and would have possibly sent MJ to prison for the rest of his life. However a quick flash back returns us to the reality and the comments on the picture show that no one is really paying attention to it – this is a typical Emmerich/Singer’s weekend party which is regarded as an almost routine matter with nothing special about it.
Please note the reaction of a disappointed commenter who didn’t look close enough at the picture:
- A Bryan Singer event and there are no 15-year-old twinks around? Something here isn’t right.
It is almost impossible to believe that it is in this very city that Michael Jackson is still being trashed on every corner for two books showing “partially nude” boys on the beach and one journal depicting homosexual love which were “seized” by the police like a prized win from a ten-thousand strong MJ’s library.
We here constantly have to explain why one book about boyhood was presented to Michael by a fan named Rhonda and why the other book showing boys jumping into a river was inscribed by him with the words:
“Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys’ faces, this is the spirit of Boyhood. A life I never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children.”
Incidentally, if MJ were to see the above photo in the pool he would note nothing of the kind – the expression on the boys’ faces is tense, guarded and even apprehensive of danger, I would say. And there is definitely no joy seen there….
The comments from another article add more to Bryan Singer’s story:
Bryan goes through different boys each week. He promises them big movie roles and then just drops them. He and Roland Emmerich have infamous pool parties with literally hundreds of twinks, you can easily find the pics online. Bryan also certifiably has a thing for young twins. A pair live in his house and I have more pics of him with some other twins.
[a list of names and pictures follows with links to them –below are some of those which are still active]
… Here’s another boytoy of the week, I’m actually not sure what this one’s name is but Bryan use to sneak him into clubs even though he’s underage.
Bryan with another teen twink who serves as one of his assistants. Next to Ian McKellen is Gary Goddard, he’s a good friend of Bryan, he is a Broadway producer turned theme park designer.
One of Bryan’s latest acquisitions is a young model named Frankie Donjae. He lives in New York so he’s Bryan’s go-to boy whenever he’s in NY.
You can find more pics of him and Bryan on Frankie’s tumblr page.
Well, even if they willingly go for this kind of life 15-year old youngsters know too little of it yet to be able to take full responsibility for their choices. And if they are to be found responsible for their actions how much more responsible should be the men twice their age for using their power, money and promises of stardom for corrupting these boys?
Michael Egan says that after all the activity the elder men introduced him to he found himself on the verge of suicide:
‘I Considered Suicide,’ Alleged Sex Abuse Victim of Bryan Singer Tells The Daily Beast
Michael Egan III, the 31-year-old man accusing X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager, says he considered committing suicide as he struggled to come to terms with what he alleges happened to him.
Egan, who is heterosexual, claimed in the suit that from age 15 through 17, Singer, as one of a ring of eight to 10 abusers, sexually abused him.
The alleged abuse took place first in a mansion in Encino, Calif., which at the time was the home of Marc Collins-Rector, and his then-partner Chad Shackley, according to Egan’s complaint.
Collins-Rector, the founder of the Digital Entertainment Network and a convicted sex offender, was last known to be living in the Dominican Republic. Some years ago, other young men filed lawsuits that Collins-Rector had abused and threatened them at the Encino home; three victims won a $4 million default judgment when he did not respond.
Egan said he had grown up in the Midwest, aspiring to be an actor. He was friends with Scott Shackley, Chad Shackley’s brother, who introduced him to Chad. In court documents, Egan said he was then invited to live in the Encino house.
“Immediately the brainwashing began,” Egan told The Daily Beast. Echoing the allegations in his complaint, Egan claimed that “they would sit me in a room and tell you that you were gay, which I wasn’t, that I had to keep the group happy. They constantly pushed you. The threats began immediately.
They said that if we didn’t keep them happy, harm would come to ourselves and our families. There were threats of weapons. We were told we would be eliminated, our career chances would be destroyed. It was a living hell.”
According to Egan’s civil lawsuit, Collins-Rector once put a gun in his mouth, and locked him in a gun closet. Collins-Rector is not currently named as a defendant in the suit.
The civil suit goes into explicit detail about what Egan claims he allegedly suffered at Singer’s hands, including anal rape and forced oral sex. According to the suit, if Egan refused any of Singer’s demands, Egan claimed that Singer said he would tell Collins-Rector, who Egan was terrified would carry out his threats to harm him and/or his family. In his suit, Egan claims Singer told him “This group,” meaning the men at the Encino house, “controlled” Hollywood.
Egan spoke at a press conference, alongside Herman, about the alleged abuse at the Encino mansion. “At the house, it was drugs put in drinks. Liquor poured down my throat. Rules in the house: No swimsuits, no clothes out by the pool area. I was raped numerous times in that house. Various types of sexual abuse. You were like a piece of meat to these people. They’d pass you around between them.… If I could define what that house was, it’s evil.”
Egan said his mother had reported the alleged incidents to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1999, but “it basically fell on deaf ears.”
Egan said he was so ashamed about what had happened to him he didn’t tell his former wife about it: “I buried it so deep within me. Several people killed themselves. I’m very lucky to be here. I didn’t know who I could trust to talk to.”
Several people killed themselves… Whether true or not but judging by the comments of insiders some young people associated with the group have indeed vanished from the public sight.
Liquor and drugs, no swimsuits as a rule by the pool area… Something of the kind was alleged by Victor Gutierrez in his fictional book about MJ but actually never happened in Neverland. Instead it happened in the home of Marc Collins-Rector, a convicted sex offender about whom in contrast to MJ we were told nothing, at least before Michael Egan’s lawsuit was filed.
Now Singer and others say that they have never been to Marc Collins-Rector house, and the location where the abuse took place is indeed a point of some controversy, but the fact that underage parties are held by Singer and the rest of the defendants is hard to dispute as it is confirmed by numerous other sources, even friendly to the group.
Writer Bret Easton Ellis, for example, recently said that he knew that the parties were underage and that fake IDs were important (so all that was required from the underage boys was a fake ID).
A short reminder: the year mentioned by Bret Easton Ellis is 2007. So this was happening only two years after the Michael Jackson trial where the prosecution thundered in full seriousness over MJ alleged ‘administration of alcohol to a minor’. These charges were not proven either but my point is the following one – if at the very same time liquor was poured down the throats of teenagers at Singer’s parties and everyone knew about it, where were our prosecutors and great investigative journalist Diane Dimond, for example, and why didn’t they care?
Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Suit: Bret Easton Ellis Says He Dated Two People Who ‘Went Through World of Underage Parties’ (Audio)
10:47 AM PDT 4/29/2014 by THR Staff
The “American Psycho” author reveals what he heard about the parties involving underage boys that Bryan Singer is rumored to have attended.
In the wake of the sex abuse suit filed against Bryan Singer, reports and rumors have emerged that the director had a proclivity for partying with underage boys.
Now Bret Easton Ellis has weighed in, saying on his Monday podcast that not only had he heard that Singer attended those types of parties, he dated two people who had been through “the kind of Bryan Singer/Roland Emmerich world of parties,” noting that the bashes weren’t identified as “underage parties” but fake IDs were important.
One of Ellis’ exes had gone to those parties and seemed to enjoy the sex and the attention, the American Psycho author explained.
“He said he had been one of those guys who had been invited to those parties for one or two months and he was a sensitive guy. … He wasn’t really into the drugs but he was into the parties and the sex and the attention, and I could easily understand it,” Ellis said. “I guess he was 17. I don’t know how old he was, what was expected of him. He kind of got it and said ‘I’m going to enjoy this now. I understand why I’m here and what my expiration date is and what these people want from me’ and then moved on.”
Ellis also tells a story of having gone to a dinner party in 2007 where a number of guys left early and when Ellis asked them where they were going, they said they were going to one of Bryan Singer’s underage parties in Encino at the M & C estate.
Ellis was surprised those were actually going on, but the guys said “Yeah, you should just see it as a goof.”
Dictionary defines “goof” as a mistake or blunder or “spending time idly or foolishly”. So the underage parties were regarded as some idle foolishness and were brushed off as a mere nothing?
According to another account even thirty-year old guys felt that they were too old for those goof parties. The party described here took place in 2006:
To gain a better understanding of what has actually happened at the frequent parties Singer has hosted and attended, BuzzFeed has spoken with six people who have gone to them, including one friend who said he helps introduce Singer to younger men the director would otherwise be too “shy” to meet. These sources provided a stark portrait of an entrenched system [ ] edging precariously close to the line between legality and illegality.
On June 21, 2006, a gay screenwriter in his thirties working his way through the film industry landed an invitation to the after-party for the Los Angeles premiere of director Bryan Singer’s film Superman Returns. “It started at like 1 a.m.,” he told BuzzFeed. “It was super crowded. Someone told me to stick around as late as I could because after most of the guests leave, the scene in the pool ‘gets freaky.’ There were a lot of twinks inside, just hanging out, and all of them were white. I wandered into what seemed like a screening room or TV room. There was a PlayStation set up, and a blond twink in a tank top who looked like he was 16 was sitting on the floor alone eating fried chicken straight from a KFC bucket. More white twinks showed up. I felt old and gross, so I left.”
Dictionary defines “twink” as “a gay slang term describing a young or young-looking man with a slender, ectomorph build, little or no body hair, and no facial hair. In some societies, the terms fox, plum, chick, or chicken are preferred”.
The “chicken” term immediately reminded me of the chicken keychains presented to Corey Feldman and Corey Haim when they were still very young and were giving some of their first TV interviews.
The chicken keychains were given to the boys at the very end of the interviews with the words sounding quite symbolic considering the things we now know of the Hollywood ways:
- “You are not a movie star unless you have a rubber chicken keychain”.
The poor boys sincerely thanked the interviewer for the presents (which were accompanied by a cackling sound) never knowing that these rubber chickens were evidently sending a signal to viewers that these boys were now available for sex.
Sorry for the interruption – here is the continuation of the story explaining how Singer picks up new boyfriends and quoting anonymous insiders who “never witnessed underage boys at Singer’s parties” (in contrast to us who have seen them in that Emmerich/Singer photo):
Egan’s suit charges that house parties frequented by young men — hosted either by Singer, or by convicted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector — were the main location where, 15 years ago, Singer allegedly promised Egan a role in a movie, fondled him, and then raped him repeatedly.
(A 2007 story in Radar named Singer as one of Collins-Rector’s “acquaintances” along with Ancier and David Geffen, who invested in his online TV venture DEN.)
But the men who spoke with BuzzFeed on the condition of anonymity — including a good friend of Singer’s, and an industry insider who has been going to Singer’s parties for about a year — contended that they never witnessed such criminal behavior by Singer, nor of anyone underage attending Singer’s parties, although they do allege drug and underage alcohol use by both Singer and partygoers on a significant scale.
To scout for attractive young men to attend his parties, Singer has relied on a network of friends, according to multiple sources.
First among them is Wayne Castro (44 years old, according to public records), whose Twitter biography lists his professions as a “fashion photographer, producer, [and] event promoter.”
“He’s been friends with Bryan for years — very much a confidant,” said another friend of Singer’s, who added that he is one of the scouts who has connected Singer with young men the director might have wanted to meet.
Castro, according to the partygoing insider, is a regular presence at the 18-and-over gay club night called TigerHeat, which happens every Thursday night at the Hollywood club Avalon.
There, Castro maintains a VIP list and produces the “Heaven Lounge” at the event, as well as house parties that happen either the same night or on subsequent nights.
My unverified sources (the commenters on various forums) add much more to the official story. They speak of Bryan Singer arranging drug parties with youngsters in their teens – “more mid than late”, and Singer spreading strong narcotic pills “like candies”, and that some Hollywood parties have a secret underbelly to them – the legitimate party is attended by everyone and serves as an alibi in case someone starts wondering and the illegitimate party takes place in a separate area of the house where access is limited and controlled. It is also alleged that the system is spread all over Hollywood from top to bottom and everyone knows everything about it, but no one dares to speak publicly.
I can easily believe it. While all the media was swirling around Michael Jackson the real weirdos of Hollywood got a free hand to satisfy each of their whims. Anyone would start wondering in circumstances like these – could it be them who sent the public on a wrong track in order to distract attention from themselves? And again, if everyone knew everything about it where were all those vigilant Nancy Graces and Diane Dimonds, I wonder?
Some more comments reveal that there is a great potential for witnesses about the Hollywood underage parties only these people will hardly ever testify – they are indeed afraid, and not of the fictional Michael Jackson “power” but of the real power of the whole industry which will turn them into the outcasts in their profession and will finish their career forever:
- This will get buried but, I had a wealthy, gay friend in high school who personally told me he went to parties at Bryan Singer’s mansion where sex and drugs were rampant. My friend told me about all the decadence, depravity, and debauchery. I wasn’t surprised by the title of this post, at all, since I’ve known about shit like this happening since around 2004.
- All of this is completely true. The sad thing is… everyone in Hollywood already knows Singer’s penchant for younger boys. He intentionally goes to the 18 and over clubs in West Hollywood/Hollywood (I’ve personally seen him there a handful of times) bc the boys are guaranteed to be under 18. In this neighborhood, 18 year olds find their way into the 21+ bars and 15 year olds hit the 18+ bars. He knows this happens and he preys on them.
- I heard this about Singer in 2006 from an agent at a major talent agency. He said Singer shut down the set of X-men for 3 days because he was taking ecstasy in his trailer with some mid to late teen guys and wouldn’t come out. He then said ‘more mid than late’.
- First person story: As an 18 year old who went to those parties at Marc Collin-Rector’s house, Gary Godard’s house, Bryan Singer house, and the list goes on and on. I can honestly say this doesn’t surprise me at all. To anyone who says this kid was 16 and should have known better, you don’t understand how manipulative and evil these people are. They scare me to this day. I wasn’t one of Bryan’s targets, but I was the target of one of the other power gays he “introduced” me too. I’ve just always kept my mouth shut because I’m so afraid of them. I’m sick to my stomach just thinking about posting this. And I kept going back too. I feel pretty stupid for it now, but they make themselves out to be people who are looking out for you. They make you feel special. Something that a lot of young gays want desperately, because, especially at the time, coming out usually meant being disowned by your parents. It’s all part of the indoctrination.
And seriously, if you want a trail of the drugs Bryan gave to boys at the time… FOX should just check their books. He was always bragging about how he bought $10,000 worth of Quaaludes somewhere in Europe on his expense account for the first X-Men. He’d give them out like candy at these parties. Bryan is seriously one of the most evil, self-absorbed people I’ve ever met. And that’s saying something in this town.
- The biggest problem is Hollywood is pedophilia and various sex rings. I’ve worked in the industry for more than fifteen years now and it’s a problem that most everyone is aware of, but few will talk about. This isn’t something that emanates from mid-level management in agencies or studios, this starts from those who financially control Hollywood (from outside the visible system) and trickles down into the highest levels of studio/agency executives. It then makes it way into certain A-list actors, producers, directors whom are introduced to these events or parties exclusively through a friend or handler. Once you’re in, it’s kind of like the ‘blue shield’ where everyone defends everyone else and no one lets anyone else get taken down.
Sometimes it occurs at parties, where there are in fact, two parties happening… some of these homes in the hills are huge and you would never know that down a certain hallway/corridor is a security guy with a list of names and a secondary party going on. In this way, you can appear to have a long list of legitimate alibis who will truthfully claim that they were at the same party and it was a normal affair, even though you may have been out of sight for an hour in another wing of the home getting your rocks off with a kid.
The other big thing is straight up private events/parties where young boys/girls are flown in. Everyone there will either participate or is okay with this sort of behavior. The boys outnumber the girls, sometimes by 10-1.
I have a few close friends that have confided in me about these types of events; the former and latter. One is a producer whom basically gutted any and all remnants of glamor I had associated with Hollywood. The things they told me were sickening. This person was distraught and angered, but felt there was little they could do. If you speak out, you’re finished. Good bye to your six or seven figure salary…
I’m not saying Singer was involved in this type of stuff. But the type of stuff they’re talking about is very real and is going on every single weekend. There are curators (who manage or control various ‘rings’) and they cater to the needs of their clients. These curators tend to overlap with talent agencies as this gives them a huge farm worth of fresh models/actors coming in every day. This is first and foremost, a business, an expensive one.
Not naming any names. Nothing needs reply, the gist of it is all there. I personally can’t wait for all this crap to get out. We could use some fresh air in Hollywood. TLDR; Hollywood’s biggest problem is pedophilia, second only to Washington DC.
- My friend is one of the former boytoys of a hollywood elite – not Bryan Singer, but you would know the name. The allegations of the teenage abuse are spot on. My friend was a rising actor in early 2000s and is still a “bit part” actor which is how he makes his living for his wife and children, so he will not come forward with any allegations. No matter how much encouragement his friends give him and no matter the number of ways we’ve tried to convince him (primarily: don’t let other people get hurt) he is not ready to divulge anything publicly.
We noticed a turn for depression in the early years after he moved to LA. It took a direct confrontation from multiple of us to realize what was happening and to get it out of him. I won’t go into many details for fear of “outing” him but he essentially had to agree to “date” this person in exchange for a career. I use the term “date” to mean, essentially “be available at nearly any and all times” for drugs, sex, and debasement. He once refused and tried to get out of the circle which lost him nearly all employment for months. He was given a “second chance” and went back into the circle for a few more years. Technically he was a willing participant, but only because of this horrible imbalance of power. Eventually he just became old enough to not be desirable anymore and he kind of “aged out”.
For years I campaigned large message boards (IMDB, bodybuilding, even DIGG and FARK) talking about this issue and trying to spread awareness. It just does not get traction. Ever.
The point about the imbalance of power and boys being unable to tear away from the system is impressive. So you either keep up with their rules and are part of their wall of silence or ….? One can only guess what the other alternative is and why these people are so terrified to name names and tell the truth.
Incidentally the ‘intimidation’ factor was widely alleged about Michael Jackson too, with the only difference though – some of his maids and bodyguards sued MJ for wrongful termination of their jobs and the “fear” they allegedly had for their employer did not stop them from wanting to go back or making wild claims for a pay of hundreds of thousands of dollars for overtime.
Another observation from the commenters – that the abusers “financially control Hollywood from outside the visible system trickling down into the highest levels of studio/agency” – reminded me of the fact that the defendants in Michael Egan’s lawsuit are no small people in the entertainment industry either.
A short wiki check-up produced the following results:
Garth Ancier, 56 is a media executive who programmed three of the five US broadcast television networks and was Founding Programmer at Fox, at The WB (now The CW) and NBC Entertainment. In 1999 he rose to President of NBC Entertainment. In 2001 he returned to Time Warner as Executive Vice-President and programmed at Turner Broadcasting, CNN, TBS, TNT, etc. In 2003-2006 Ancier worked as Co-Chairman and then Chairman of the WB Television Network. In 2007-2010 he served as President of BBC Worldwide America.
Gary Goddard, 59 produced several shows on and off Broadway, directed movies and TV shows. Now he is head of company The Goddard Group that has created several large-scale attractions for Universal Studios in Hollywood, Japan and other places.
David Neuman is the former President of Walt Disney Television and was Vice president of comedy development at NBC. His other posts were the Pesident of programming at the now-defunct Current Media cable news network and Chief programming officer at CNN. Neuman was actually the one who left Walt Disney to become President of DEN company founded by Mark Rector Collins (a registered sex offender cited in Michael Egan’s suit).
Little do I know of all these abbreviations (WB, TBS, etc.) but the ones I do show that the power of the above three people in TV and entertainment world is simply enormous. Look at the posts they were holding with NBC, Fox, CNN, Walt Disney TV and BBC Worldwide America!
Will there be any questions now why the TV “programming” they were responsible for never included stories about their drug-filled parties with teenagers or information about their association with the infamous Marc Collins-Rector, and why all the media attention was focused on Michael Jackson instead?
There is actually one more side to the story.
Remember an interesting comment that “once you’re in, it’s kind of the ‘blue shield’ where everyone defends everyone else and no one lets anyone else get taken down”? If this is the case it is logical to conclude that considering Michael Jackson’s singular trashing for so many years, he was not part of their club and this is why their ‘shield’ did not cover him and this is why none of those Hollywood people ever said a word in his defense.
Well, it is great that Michael wasn’t one of them, though for him it was a very big problem as this was probably the very reason why he was so viciously harassed.
THE DEN COMPANY AND “CHAD’S WORLD”
The mysterious Marc Collins-Rector and his DEN company (with David Neuman as its president) were mentioned here so many times that it is impossible not to tell their story. The best source for it is a Radar Magazine article which is offline now, but can be read on the wayback machine.
The article goes back and forth between mid 90s and 2007 which was the year of its publication. The period is interesting as it places the described events exactly into the time span when the witch-hunt against Michael Jackson was at its worst.
And when you start comparing it turns out that Marc Collins-Rector and his associates got away with making porn movies with 14-year old boys, feeding them hard narcotics and threatening them with murder – while Michael Jackson’s home was repeatedly turned upside down in search of compromising materials (there were none) and trashed for keeping Playboy magazines sold on every corner.
A high-flying Web start-up, DEN imploded among allegations of drug use, guns, and pedophilia
By John Gorenfeld and Patrick Runkle
“Historians of the Internet bubble might remember Collins-Rector as a cofounder of the Digital Entertainment Network, an online video empire that was one of the most talked-about new media launches of its day, before its spectacular flameout.
Accused of molesting numerous teenage boys who worked for him, the 48-year-old entrepreneur went on the lam to Europe. Apprehended 21 months later, he was extradited to the United States, where, after what seems a rather lackluster prosecution, he pled guilty to eight counts of luring teens across state lines for sex, and paid a small fine. Two years later, here he was, as the Sun put it, “swanning around Britain in a chauffeur-driven limo and surrounding himself with young boys.”
Such brazen behavior wouldn’t surprise anyone who knew Collins-Rector back when DEN was riding high. In those heady days before the Internet bust, a Who’s Who of gay Hollywood flocked to notorious all-night bashes at the “M&C estate,” so named for Marc and his twentysomething cohort Chad Shackley.
The pair, who met on an online bulletin board (remember those?) when Shackley was just 15, collaborated on a number of tech start-ups, including an early Internet service provider, Concentric Network Services.
Flush with cash from their successful ventures, Collins-Rector (who had changed his name from the more pedestrian Rector) and his young colleague landed in Encino, California, where they took a special liking to a $4.2 million Spanish colonial McMansion that had previously belonged to Death Row Records rap impresario Suge Knight.
Streams and waterfalls traced the carefully manicured 1.5-acre grounds, which housed a tennis court, an enormous gazebo, a swimming pool, aquariums, a home theater, and a hot tub built for 12.
Among their new acquaintances in Los Angeles were such industry heavies as David Geffen, uber-manager Sandy Gallin, then–NBC Entertainment president Garth Ancier, and Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer.
It’s also where they hatched an audacious plan for a Web-based television venture. They called it DEN, and staked its business model on “narrowcasting,” or marketing to thin demographic segments. An early attempt to capture the online video zeitgeist that eventually blossomed with YouTube, den.net was instead rooted in original programming. The plan attracted major investments from key players in Hollywood, the tech industry, and Wall Street, ranging from Geffen and Singer to Intel, NBC, and Microsoft.
Another regular at the mansion was DEN executive VP Brock Pierce. He was aggressive and self-assured, with blond hair and an insouciant pout. He was also still a teenager—17 years old and coming off a successful career as a child actor, with The Mighty Ducks and First Kid among his credits.
According to a DEN board member, Pierce was hired as “the guy who could tell us what Gen Y-ers were likely to think.” This talent came in handy not only in targeting the youth demographic, but also in bringing a supply of beautiful young men to the estate, lured with vague promises of fame as the Internet’s first TV stars.
Eventually, a number of these acolytes would file lawsuits alleging they were raped and/or sexually abused at M&C by the three cofounders. Their charges are remarkably consistent—all claim they were bullied and drugged to coerce sexual compliance, and in some cases, threatened with loaded guns. When the plaintiffs filed civil suits against Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce, the three suddenly disappeared with what remained of their fortune—turning up two years later living in a villa in Spain.
They were arrested by local authorities, who uncovered “an enormous collection of child porn,“ according to Spanish police reports. In their absence, the plaintiffs were awarded default judgments in the amount of $4.5 million, but have collected only a small fraction of that.
For a company that brought in nearly $100 million from world-class investors [ ] its product was stunningly bad—even by dot-bomb standards. The business plan was lacking in many respects. A major selling point that Collins-Rector touted to investors was a feature that would allow viewers to click on, say, a shirt or lamp in one of the shows and immediately buy it online.
Unfortunately, the click-to-purchase technology never materialized. “We all bought into [Marc’s] vision of the technology,” says DEN’s chief marketing officer, Edward Winter “but soon we were being told by Internet experts that ‘you can’t stream video right now.’ It became pretty clear that it wasn’t going to work.”
[ ] Instead, DEN’s founders devoted most of their attention to the network’s flagship show, Chad’s World, which targeted gay and questioning teen boys. Filmed at the M&C estate, Chad’s World was the founders’ most personal creative effort. Co-written by Collins-Rector, produced by Pierce, and loosely based on Shackley’s life, it featured one of the boys who would later accuse the DEN founders of molestation.
Chad’s World starred a 14-year-old actor named Brian Stark as Chad, and Seann William Scott—who shortly thereafter won a starring role in American Pie—as Jim, a California entrepreneur based on Collins-Rector. While the film’s production quality was more in line with down-market porn than network programming, the producers doled out a mind-boggling $12 million in salaries for the series.
The pilot episode revolves around two young men coming to terms with their sexuality. Chad convinces his close friend Paul to com
e out of the closet to his cartoonishly repressive parents. Upon learning that his son is gay, Paul’s father calls him an “abomination against God,” provoking the spurned boy to blow his own brains out. “It’s for the best,” Dad muses. Brushing off the brains of his friend, a despondent Chad runs outside and makes a “Why, God?” gesture to the skies as grunge rock burns in the background.
Before long, he meets his high-flying benefactor, Jim, who lives with Chad’s older brother at a suspiciously familiar mansion. The duo, who are shuttled around in dark sedans and surrounded by phalanxes of black bodyguards, invite young Chad to live with them, generously dispatching a few of their bodyguards to stomp Paul’s homophobe dad on his lawn.
Cheerfully, Chad moves to Encino to play-wrestle with his new roomies and enjoy a lavish new lifestyle. “Oh, yeah!” he exults after being presented with a BMW and black driver of his own. “I think I’ll be able to hang here!”
When Chad’s World debuted on den.net in June 1998, many critics couldn’t even download it—which was probably a blessing for all involved. “Chad’s World was the first signal that maybe things weren’t right [with the company],” says Winter. “It was definitely, um, ahead of its time.”
It felt like a “gay pedophile version of Silver Spoons,” adds another industry observer who saw the pilot and five unaired episodes. “I first thought it was some sick fantasy of theirs,” he adds. “When I found out about the molestation charges, I realized that it was more a case of art imitating life.”
Other DEN shows also targeted thin slices of the adolescent male demo, including young Latinos (Tales From the Eastside, in which, according to one former employee, every line of dialogue began, “Yo! Ese!”), Asians (The Chang Gang), Christians (Redemption High), frat boys (Frat Ratz), and punks (Fear of a Punk Nation). Though the company promised to reach 1.5 million viewers, den.net never surpassed 5,000 hits per day.
A $75 million IPO was planned for October 1999 [Initial public offering (IPO) is the process by which a private company can go public by sale of its stocks to general public], but days before it was filed, a young man from New Jersey, identified in court filings as Jake W., served papers for a lawsuit claiming he’d been molested by Collins-Rector for three years, beginning in 1993 when he was just 13.
Collins-Rector quickly paid a settlement, and his attorney fired back in the press, calling the suit “classic IPO blackmail” and describing the settlement as “a token payment to save the company.”
In the same way he’d met Chad, Collins-Rector had connected with Jake via an Internet bulletin board. The executive offered the boy a job at his pre-DEN venture, Concentric, and Jake began working from home for $10 an hour. Soon, though, Collins-Rector decided he needed Jake at the Michigan office and flew him out from New Jersey, lodging him in a spare bedroom. During the visit, according to the lawsuit, Marc repeatedly asked, “Do you trust me?” with his hand roaming across the boy’s body. Then he performed fellatio on him.
With the FBI investigating Jake’s allegations and investors panicking, all three founders immediately quit their executive posts (retaining substantial stock positions), leaving DEN’s new chairman, Howard Ritts, in charge of the company.
Within months, all three of the company’s founders had been hit with a flurry of civil lawsuits. Boys who had been paid for vague jobs with the company under the condition that they agree to attend parties at the M&C estate began telling stories of sexual abuse at the hands of Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce, as well as other highly placed Hollywood figures.
One of the alleged victims was identified as Mike E. The slim, dark-haired 14-year-old, who attended a small private high school in the Valley, befriended Chad’s brother Scott, who led him to DEN. Mike had an interest in acting, so when Collins-Rector outlined the possibilities for stardom offered by the site, the boy began spending time at the mansion, where there was one key rule.
He recalls: “If you were going to sleep over, you had to get into either the pool or the hot tub—and you had to be naked to do so.” In an exclusive interview, Mike E. confirms having been forced to engage in anal and oral intercourse with Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce while under the influence of drugs that he claims were fed to him without his knowledge. At the same time, he says, Collins-Rector and Shackley were pushing him to become a legally emancipated minor.
Meanwhile, in addition to paying the boy $1,000 a week, Collins-Rector dangled a starring role in a DEN series called The Royal Standard, which was being developed by Randal Kleiser, the director of Grease and The Blue Lagoon.
Another alleged victim, Daniel, tells a similar story. After being subjected to sexual abuse at M&C, he wrote a suicide note: “I can’t stop crying! Please God help me. I can’t go on. I let them use me as a sex tool. I let those assholes do all those terrible things to me. Goodbye.” His brother found the note and alerted their parents before Daniel made any attempt on his life.
Another young man who frequented the estate, Alex B., was not a minor at the time, but also eventually became a plaintiff against the men. Alex claims he was threatened with physical harm, often after being given drugs. At one point, Alex secretly shot a video inside the M&C estate to document what was going on. In a jittery scene, he removes a canvas bag from a closet and shows off a massive stash of drugs in amber vials—Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, marijuana, and ecstasy among them.
Another former DEN employee tells of receiving and rejecting numerous sexual advances at the M&C mansion—until one evening when he was surreptitiously drugged and woke up nude in Collins-Rector’s bed, with Collins-Rector asleep beside him.
In addition to the money and promises of stardom, Collins-Rector allegedly used physical threats to keep the boys in line. One tactic, according to several victims, was to brandish a gun. “Do you know what I can do with this?” he would say, leveling the barrel at them, “and get away with it?” He also threatened the lives of their families.
On one occasion, Alex recalls, Collins-Rector asked a bodyguard to stand in the room wearing earmuffs. The DEN chairman told Alex the guard would choke him if he didn’t consent to sex. (Radar tracked down the guard in question, who had gone on to do security work for a big Hollywood talent agency. He confirmed the basics of the boy’s account and seemed disgusted by the memory. “Marc told me to put on the earmuffs and stand in the room facing him and Alex,” he says. “I was there for about two hours, but that is all I want to say about what happened.”)
As the lawsuits against the company mounted in early 2000, DEN—in which Pierce held nearly one million shares and Collins-Rector still owned a majority stake—began to hemorrhage money. By May 2000, the start-up was bankrupt.
Around Hollywood, rumors flew that Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce were about to be arrested on embezzlement and sexual offenses. Before any charges were filed, though, the three men disappeared.
They didn’t turn up again until May 2002, when a tip to Interpol led authorities to raid their luxury villa in Marbella, on the Spanish Riviera—an area British tabloids have dubbed the Costa del Crime due to its high population of English-speaking fugitives.
Among the items recovered from the residence were guns, machetes, a trove of jewels, and child pornography. Pierce and Shackley were held for about a month by Spanish police and then released.
The prosecution of Collins-Rector also proved difficult. He remained in a Spanish jail for almost two years, fighting extradition, before finally being brought to the United States, where he pled guilty to eight charges of child enticement, a comparably minor offense.
He was soon out of prison—receiving credit for the time he’d served in Spain. Since most of his alleged crimes took place at the mansion in Encino, it was up to L.A. County prosecutors to make any further charges stick, but the DA never took steps to do so. (The L.A. County district attorney’s office refused to comment about the status of any DEN investigation.) The victims sought justice in the civil courts, however, winning a total of $4.5 million in summary judgments. Except for a small side agreement with Pierce, the award has yet to be paid, lawyers say.
Meanwhile, Collins-Rector appears to be up to his old tricks in London. In 2006, a U.S. District Court judge granted him “emergency” permission to leave the country to receive treatment for a brain tumor. Every week, his physician must assure a U.S. probation officer that the medical leave is vital. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey, which prosecuted the case against him, acknowledged being aware of Collins-Rector’s residence in London, but said his parole was being handled by court officials in Florida and refused further comment.
After Collins-Rector made his cameo in the Sun, it appeared that officials were losing patience with the arrangement and making an effort to bring him back to the United States. “It’s a slap in the face to the victims,” says attorney Brian Brandt, who represented Daniel.
In a 2007 motion requesting termination of Collins-Rector’s supervision requirement, his attorney argued that “life-changing medical events he has experienced have profoundly affected him and augur well for the success of his rehabilitation.” In its response to the motion, the U.S. Attorney’s office revealed that Collins-Rector had come up with what it called another “ploy to circumvent British immigration law,” by claiming he “fell in love” and will form a civil union with a British citizen—which would allow him permanent residence status.
As it happens, his love interest—who also works as his personal assistant—is a young man who just turned 18.
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Let us sum up.
So right at the time when the media and public were falling over themselves in search for Michael Jackson’s “victims” in reply to the prosecutors’ call to please find at least some, and while the confidential papers of the Chandler settlement were released again and again to remind everyone of “what a sick freak Jackson is”, a certain DEN company was making openly pedophile porn films featuring 14-year old boys and no one in the media or police even cared.
Rape, sexual abuse, threats and treating teenagers to drugs and liquor were rampant and when one of the boys was about to commit suicide and complaints started pouring in the investigation finally started, but was still conducted in a “lackluster” manner. Despite this fact a grand jury indicted Collins-Rector in 2000, however the trio was allowed to slip away from justice and settle in Spain.
Two years later an “enormous” collection of child porn was found in their Spanish home, but this produced little impression on the authorities – the younger guys were released after a month long detention and it was only Collins-Rector who had to serve some 2 years in jail (How many years in jail did Tom Sneddon want for MJ though they never found any child porn in his home? Twenty five as far as I remember?)
Collins-Rector was also the only one in their group who was extradited to the US, but over there the prosecution seems to have been half-hearted again as after serving a very small term he happily sneaked away from justice (and having to pay money to his victims) again. This time he went to the UK where in 2007 he was seen accompanied by a boy well under 18 years of age.
The L.A. District Attorney probably forgot about him as no one could inform the journalists about the status of the Collins-Rector case.
The money awarded to the victims by a civil court was never paid except a fraction from Brock Pierce.
Now the whereabouts of all three guys are evidently unknown. Pierce is somewhere in Asia and is boasting raising $200 million for some new venture of his (where Collins-Rector is suspected to have a share). Collins-Rector himself is said to be in the Dominican republic.
In short neither the authorities, nor the media are paying attention to these guys and no one cares what they did to those children. If Michael Egan hadn’t raised the matter again we wouldn’t have even known the names of these people.
All this is in a sharp contrast to what was done to Michael Jackson in exactly the same period of time and this makes me assume once again that the whole idea of MJ’s prosecution and harassment was a deliberate distraction of the public from real child abusers (and the enormity of the problem per se) and that all the hype around Jackson was simply a big and lucrative project for various world businesses and the public meant to buy the story together with all products associated with it.
The boy called in the article Mike E. is naturally Michael Egan who is suing Singer and the others now. The young man named Alex B. is evidently Alex Burton, a 18-year old actor who played Pyro in Singer’s X-Men and stayed at the Encino house as a housemate and partner, but later joined the younger boys’ lawsuit (he was the one threatened with choking if he didn’t consent to sex in front of the bodyguard).
And since the money awarded to the victims by a civil court was never paid, Mike Egan’s motives can be easily understood now – the other people belonging to this sex ring have already slipped away from justice, so making the other participants answer for what they did is now a matter of principle for him.
Some media people are now really interested in finding out what’s wrong with these Hollywood guys. And when some start asking questions the most charming answer they get is a genuine surprise that these Hollywood practices are a surprise to anyone at all – it turns out that the wealthy and powerful always had an eye for pretty young things in Hollywood and that it is even “a time-honored tradition” there:
“…as several industry observers note, Singer is hardly the only Hollywood figure, gay or straight, with wealth, power and an eye for pretty young things. “Come on — that’s a time-honored tradition in this town,” says a producer long acquainted with Singer. He adds that the allegations are nearly impossible to believe, saying, “I’ve only seen a very gentle side of Bryan.”
Sometime after making his 1998 film Apt Pupil, Singer pitched a superhero project to DEN. There had been a burst of bad publicity during the making of Apt Pupil, a thriller about a high school student who discovers a fugitive Nazi war criminal in his neighborhood. During filming, suits were filed on behalf of underage extras alleging that Singer had required them to strip naked for hours while he shot a shower scene. Screenwriter Brandon Boyce called it “an absolute smear job” and “an attempt to blackmail people based on their sexuality.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office found no evidence of wrongdoing, and the civil cases were dismissed.
Singer at times has been known to be troubled: Executives who have worked on his movies say the director was sometimes erratic, often complaining he was in pain, at times appearing “heavily medicated” and sometimes failing to appear on set. There were widespread rumors that Singer’s partying was part of the problem, but a friend who visited the set says that was not the issue. “There were times that production was interrupted or delayed,” says this person, but the problem was Singer “battling his own demons” with respect to medication.
Attorney Singer says his client “had back pain and neck surgery,” which explains him seeming medicated. “He took medication for back pain.” Chris Lee, a former top Columbia TriStar executive who had overseen Apt Pupil and had a reputation for being able to soothe Singer, was an executive producer on Superman Returns and was dispatched to the set in Australia to get the director on track.
“Chris wasn’t able to do with Bryan what we’d thought he’d be able to do,” says an executive involved with the film. “We needed someone who would be able to control and guide Bryan a little better.”
In May 1999, the boy from New Jersey who had met Collins-Rector at 13 had sued in federal court in New Jersey, alleging that Collins-Rector sexually abused him from 1993 to 1996. Denying the allegations, Collins-Rector settled for an undisclosed sum [the settlement was made soon after a tape of a certain telephone conversation was presented to Marc Collins-Rector].
But he left DEN along with Shackley and Pierce, stating through their attorney that they had planned to go regardless of the lawsuit. Top DEN executives, including Neuman, subsequently told the Los Angeles Times in 2000 that they knew of no abuse by Collins-Rector and did not concern themselves with his private life. Soon, DEN went bankrupt.
Collins-Rector, Shackley and Pierce launched another company called World Wide Technology & Internet Ventures Ltd., incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. Still living at the Encino mansion, they were joined by new housemate and partner Alex Burton, an 18-year-old actor who was a friend of Pierce.
But more and more boys came forward, alleging abuse.
[ ] What seems remarkable, in retrospect, is that all of the charges against Pierce’s former partner, Collins-Rector, were filed by federal authorities; despite many allegations regarding activities at the Encino house, officials in L.A. never pursued criminal charges against Collins-Rector or his associates.
Egan’s mother, Bonnie Mound, alleged during an April 21 news conference that her attempts to report her son’s abuse to the FBI had fallen on deaf ears. In fact, a 2003 affidavit filed by Special Agent Joseph Brine and obtained by TMZ stated that Egan had brought allegations against Collins-Rector to Brine’s attention.
During the April 21 news conference, Egan’s sobbing mother called out several FBI officials by name:
“I’d like to say to Special Agent Joseph Brine: You came to our house once. You interviewed Mike once. You called me a couple times after. I continued to call you. I continued to write certified, return-receipt letters to you. Everything went silent. What did you do then, Mr. Brine? I’d also like to say to Mr. J. Stephen Tidwell, FBI Los Angeles: Why’d you ignore my certified, return-receipt letters? Mr. David Johnson, FBI, J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.: Why did you ignore my certified, return-receipt letters? And Mr. Robert Mueller III, Director of FBI, J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.: Why did you ignore my certified, return-receipt letters?”
In response to an inquiry from THR, the FBI said it “takes seriously allegations involving the sexual abuse of minors. The suggestion that the FBI ignored evidence concerning the sexual victimization of a minor is completely without merit.” The Los Angeles Police Department said the FBI was the lead agency investigating in 2000 but declined further comment.
There is one thing which will be surely told by Michael Jackson’s detractors now. Considering the alleged slackness on the part of the FBI towards Michael Egan’s and other boys’ complaints and being always on the lookout for some new innuendo to tell about Jackson, they will surely try to devalue the huge 20-year long work of investigating Michael Jackson by the media, police, DCFS, the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles District Attorneys and the FBI.
Whatever the case with Michael Egan and the FBI negligence towards his mother’s appeals, his situation cannot be in any way compared with the FBI readiness to investigate Michael Jackson and at first notice from his prosecutors too – like following the lead of that telephone terrorist Terry George, for example. His story never went anywhere as it is laughable of course, but its very presence in the FBI files means that the FBI did rush to check up every silliness ever said about Michael Jackson. But still found nothing.
And if someone is tempted to compare the hush-up settlement made by Marc Collins-Rector to a boy abused by him at age 13 with the settlement made by Michael with Jordan Chandler, a firm line between the two should be also drawn by a steel hand.
Collins-Rector made a quick settlement before the news of the case even began to spread. This is how hush-up settlements are really made. If MJ had followed the same pattern he should have paid money to the Chandlers the next day the boy’s father approached him and no one would have ever known why and for what reason the money changed hands.
Instead Michael Jackson subjected himself to a year-long police investigation, a media storm and a humiliating strip-search which proved that the boy’s allegations were false (the photos didn’t match but sadly, this fact was poorly reported by the press) and gave up only when all the frenzy came to the point of sheer survival for him. And the insurance company did offer him a sum as a compensation for the settlement (at least part of it) – this we are now sure of as we have found solid proof of it in an article of the period mentioning the insurance offer.
And finally, the explanations by Singer’s attorneys that his uncontrollable drug-taking was actually for his “back pain” sound very much like an allusion to Michael Jackson’s problems and an attempt to squeeze a little sympathy for Singer at Michael Jackson’s expense.
Even here they are trying to use MJ to their advantage and compare the incomparable – Michael began taking pain-killers due to a burn and the torturous skin-stretching procedures to grow hair on his head and due to the horrendous accident with a bridge falling under him and damaging his back. And though Singer is naturally not safeguarded against his own health problems, no back pain can explain his continuous and uncontrollable drug-taking which has already turned into a sort of a legend in Hollywood.
In short all of it comes back to what I’ve said before – what is a fun game for these people was turned into a life-long torture for Michael Jackson. They can get away with almost anything, while Michael was and is still being judged according to the harshest possible rules.
And still, despite the difference in the rules of the game he won an honest acquittal in the hardest of the battles and left the court an innocent man, while predators like Collins-Pierce-Shackley have to live in hiding and carry the label of the depraved criminals they are though hardly ever tried at all.
As to Bryan Singer I don’t know, but even if due to the peculiarities of the justice system he wins the case from his accuser Michael Egan, we have still seen that photo with some young faces at the Emmerich/Singer pool party, haven’t we?
A HOPEFUL BEGINNING
As a supplement to this post here is a summary of Hollywood child-abuse cases revealed to us in the past couple of years. It seems that the cleaning process has started.
Hollywood definitely needs some fresh air – both for those who work in the industry and are also sick and tired of its ways, and us, ordinary movie-goers who want to appreciate Hollywood films without having to shudder at the thought of what might be going on behind the screen.
Hollywood’s Sexual Predator Problem Explodes
By Michelle Malkin | May 6, 2014 | 22:053782 301 Reddit257 58 A A
Hollywood is sick, sick, sick. 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, according to a growing number of victims. After years of cover-up, the institutional scandal is exploding. Finally.
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 plied young boys and teens with hard drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting them.
Egan was repeatedly molested, raped and beaten from the age of 15, he says, at an infamous gay sex mansion in southern California. The mansion was owned by another of Egan’s alleged abusers: scumbag Internet video mogul Marc Collins-Rector. He’s a registered sex offender who lured young boys online, drugged and raped them, and reportedly threatened them with a gun if they did not submit.
Collins-Rector was convicted in 2004 of transporting five underage boys across state lines with the intent of raping them. He was allowed to leave the U.S. in 2006 by claiming a “brain tumor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The (U.K.) Sun reported in 2007 that he was “swanning around Britain in a chauffer-driven limo and surrounding himself with young boys.” He can no longer be located, despite supposedly being under police “supervision.”
Egan’s mother reported the abuse to the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department back in 2000, the family’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, says. Nothing was done.
Singer’s lawyer calls Egan’s suit “absurd” and “defamatory.” But the allegations just keep piling up. Singer is now the subject of another lawsuit filed this week by a young British man who alleges Singer’s producer pal Gary Goddard groomed him online from the age of 14, raped him at 16 and shared him with Singer after the London premiere of Singer’s movie “Superman Returns” in 2006. Internet photos have been circulating for years showing Singer with a parade of young boys and men draped around him.
Egan’s claims are especially chilling in light of similarly lurid allegations made 17 years ago on the set of Singer’s movie “Apt Pupil.” Three underage boys — ages 14, 16 and 17 — filed suit claiming 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. Nothing was done.
“Everyone’s ducking for cover,” Paul Petersen, a former child actor and child actors’ advocate, told Entertainment Weekly in 1997. “It’s a complete and total breakdown of the protections Hollywood pretends it accords children.”
The same industry that sanctimoniously convenes anti-bullying summits with the Obama White House and falsely accuses conservatives of waging a “war on women” has allowed countless children to be stalked, groomed, beaten, molested and raped on casting couches, in movie trailers, and at drug- and alcohol-drenched parties by Tinseltown predators. The alleged child rape scandal exposed by Egan does not exist in a vacuum:
—Last year, child actor Corey Feldman sounded the alarm on rampant pedophilia in a brave, scathing memoir. He recounted how 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, 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. The victim, another young child actor, alleged Weiss sexually assaulted him between 30 and 40 times from the age of 11.
—Boy band impresario Lou Pearlman was a con artist and sleazeball who hosted sleepover parties wearing only a towel and solicited massages from young male singers. “Certain things happened, and it almost destroyed our family,” boy band star Nick Carter’s mother told Vanity Fair years ago. “I tried to warn everyone.”
—Former child actor Todd Bridges, of “Diff’rent Strokes” fame, says he was abused by his agent.
—Despite disturbing and longstanding allegations of molestation and rape, directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski still enjoy professional acclaim and adoration of their peers.
—Perv 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 it. 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 own midst.
And how much would we have heard if at least a fraction of what they found about these people had ever been found about MJ?