Bret Nighman, 56, is among at least eight former Santa Barbara child actors who say that producer Gary Goddard molested or attempted to molest them.
To the young male actors in his retinue in Santa Barbara in the 1970s, Gary Goddard was an exalted figure. A successful former theater prodigy, Goddard returned through his 20s to direct and mentor child actors in his hometown, vowing to bring the most talented with him to Hollywood. He attracted a constant orbit of devoted boys others referred to as the “Goddardites.”
But the seemingly idyllic setting of privilege and promise had a dark edge for several members of the theater group. Four decades later, many of them say they have been haunted by their encounters with Goddard.
Their stories are frightening and horrific. Read the whole story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.