Former Disney Exec David Neuman has been quietly dropped from a sexual molestation case filed by a man who raked him over the coals at a very public news conference.
Michael Egan -- now 31 -- filed the suit against Neuman in April, claiming Neuman was part of a Hollywood sex ring repeatedly preying on Egan at pool parties, who was 15 at the time. Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, held a news conference where he and Egan attacked Neuman and others.
But Neuman's lawyer, Patty Glaser, filed legal docs blowing Egan's claim out of the water, producing a sworn declaration from Egan back in 2003 in which Egan said he "never had any kind of physical contact" with Neuman that was sexual and that Neuman "never acted inappropriately."
Egan and Herman did not hold a news conference to announce the dismissal of the lawsuit. We spoke with Herman but he had no comment.
Neuman's lawyer, Patty Glaser, told the Hollywood Reporter, "We will hold accountable those who wrongly created the hurt and damage by making outrageous, unfounded assertions that cannot be undone."
Egan has not dropped his cases against 2 other Hollywood big wigs, but this isn't going to help his credibility.
Heidi Klum & Seal
Sure, It's the Happiest Place on Earth ...
For Everyone Else
5/28/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum had a little bit of jungle fever Wednesday ... hitting up Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride with her kids. Her ex-hubby Seal was there too.
The divorced couple arranged a family play day ... putting personal demons aside to hang at the Haunted Mansion and a bunch of other attractions -- although there was ZERO attraction between the exes.
Heidi and Seal maintained a respectful distance ... keeping several paces apart most of the day.
MILF-loving Mickey, on the other hand -- was all up in Heidi's biz.
My Hubby's a Drunk
Just Ask His Mom
5/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Disney star Tiffany Thornton did NOT abduct her two baby sons -- she ran away to protect them from their alcoholic dad ... his own mother tells TMZ.
Musician Chris Carney filed a child stealing report with cops, alleging "The Sonny With A Chance" star abducted their 3-month old and 20-month old boys with the help of his mom, Ruth Carney.
Ruth tells us ... her son has a big drinking problem and recently went to rehab. She says he relapsed recently and "went crazy."
Ruth -- who is the mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas -- was in L.A. to help Tiffany with the baby, and says when she saw her son acting crazy and drunk, she took Tiffany and the kids and hightailed it out of town to the home of Tiffany's parents in Texas.
Ruth claims Chris knew exactly what was going on during the entire drive, because Tiffany FaceTimed with him daily. She says he was upset.
Chris tells us ... he's not an alcoholic, but rather a social drinker. He says his mom simply freaked out when she saw a beer in the fridge.
In Chris' view his mom is anything but nurturing, calling her an accessory to a felony.
Bryan Singer Accuser
Former Disney Prez Never Molested Me
5/15/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Disney Prez David Neuman and "X-Men" director Bryan Singer did not sexually molest accuser Michael Egan -- so claimed Egan himself in sworn legal docs.
Egan signed a sworn declaration in 2003 after suing 3 other men (not Neuman or Singer) ... who allegedly molested him as a teenager back in the '90s at various parties.
Egan's 2003 declaration states, "I have never had any kind of physical contact with David Neuman other than what is normal and appropriate between non-sexual acquaintances."
The declaration goes on, "Up until this last month [December 2003], I have only had incidental social contact with David Neuman, which involved primarily the exchange of polite greetings and small talk. … [Neuman] never acted improperly around me or toward me, on a personal or professional level."
And get this ... during Egan's sworn deposition in the earlier case, he said no one other than the 3 defendants were "partaking in all this stuff." Egan now claims Singer was partaking, but his sworn words a decade ago flatly contradict that.
Neuman is asking the judge to throw out the case against him.
Without My 'Lawsuit' ...
Disney Wouldn't Hire Hispanics and Blacks
3/24/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The homeless woman who filed legal docs to force Disney execs to read her 2,000 page script says she took legal action because it was the only way she could get Hollywood's attention.
TMZ broke the story ... Jo Anne Vandegriff wrote the Civil War mini-series -- which she estimates would require a 6-month run -- and hoped to get Halle Berry, Amanda Bynes and Armie Hammer in starring roles.
We tracked down Vandegriff in Santa Monica -- and she says she filed with the court because Disney doesn't accept unsolicited scripts ... and her hail mary is getting a judge to force the studio bigwigs to look at it. Kinda brilliant.
She also thinks Disney needs to produce her mini-series because it's severely lacking roles for Blacks and Hispanics.
Check out the video ... Vandegriff is an interesting woman. When she's not writing or panhandling she's taking computer programming, web design and database management classes at Santa Monica College ... which she attends for free because she's low income.
So, we gotta ask ...
Halle Berry & Amanda Bynes
Homeless Woman Hijacks L.A. Court System ...
To Pitch TV Show
3/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've seen desperate attempts to break into Hollywood before, but this is legendary -- an L.A. homeless woman has filed a lawsuit against Halle Berry, Amanda Bynes, Armie Hammer, and Disney ... for the express purpose of pitching them a TV show.
Jo Anne Vandegriff -- who describes herself as homeless -- freely admits the suit is a ploy to get everyone in a room so she can sell her 2,000-page original Civil War romance mini-series, "Heaven's Angels."
Vandegriff describes her script as "an extraordinary work in its length, complexity, and scope, though not yet a masterpiece work."
Vandegriff is targeting Disney because she wants to open up the studio -- which she claims produces lily-white content -- to Black and Hispanic females.
She doesn't apologize for using the legal system to make a buck, because, as she says in the lawsuit, "a mini-series of this nature only comes along once every twenty to thirty years."
So why sue Halle? Vandegriff wants her in the leading role. As for Amanda ... it would be a great comeback for her. And Armie ... he could finally be a leading man (and rid himself of the "Lone Ranger" stink -- that's our take).
And Vandegriff promises her script will help stimulate the economy ... and promote "peace and harmony, health and happiness."
Hollyweird at its finest.
Disney's Magic Kingdom
Hidden Shlongs In Tomorrowland
3/17/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Mouse sure is cocky these days ... especially when it comes to phallic images at Disney World.
You're looking at the doors to the restrooms at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe' in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando ... doors that even Rorschach would have to admit bear a striking resemblance to giant green penises.
Of course, Disney has become notorious for sneaking alleged pervy images into a bunch of Disney movies ... including the penis castle in "Little Mermaid" and the word "sex" appearing in "Lion King."
No word if this wang-ish image was intentional or not ... but either way, now Pluto knows where to go if he's ever lookin' for a bone.
'Frozen' Oscar Winner
My Statue is
3/4/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Lopez struck a pose that said ... "SUCK IT" ... right after his Oscar win put him in an exclusive club with the likes of Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg.
Gotta love the bravado ... Lopez flashed his big swinging statuette to reporters and photogs backstage shortly after he and his wife won the Oscar for Original Song for "Let It Go" from "Frozen."
Robert's got reason to brag ... he's now one of 12 people to ever earn the elusive EGOT -- winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- and he did it in 10 years ... way faster than anyone else.
Give that guy a hand. Maybe two.
I'm Not Doing a Flick
With My Bankrupt Bro Drake
2/18/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Peck loves former co-star Drake Bell like a brother ... but Josh won't help his buddy crawl out of debt by making a "Drake & Josh" flick.
Peck was catching some rays on a bench in Manhattan Beach when our photog raised the issue of helping Drake score some quick cash.
As we previously reported ... Bell's in the hole to the tune of $581k -- and claiming he pulls in an anemic $2,820 a month compared to his monthly outlay of $18,771.
Since their Nickelodeon show went off the air in 2007 ... Peck's been pretty successful -- voicing both Eddie in the "Ice Age" films ... and Casey Jones on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" show.
Drake ... not so much.
5-Year-Old Disney Star
Cops Investigating Death Threats
2/3/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A deranged individual is threatening to kill the 5-year old girl who plays Charlie Duncan on Disney's "Good Luck Charlie" ... and TMZ has learned cops are taking it very seriously.
According to police docs obtained by TMZ ... Mia Talerico began receiving threatening messages last month on her Instagram -- including one reading, "Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die."
The suspect then sent a picture of Mia's head with a bloody fist covering it ... with this message, "Yes, kill you stupid bitch."
Mia's mother contacted Disney security ... LAPD's Threat Management Unit got involved ... and now cops are making a full court press to track down the suspect.
My Disney Image Has Gone to Pot
1/30/2014 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Pushing Pot Now!
1/30/2014 8:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Zac Efron has nothing on Vanessa Hudgens ... she's using the Disney moniker to push the finest weed around.
Vanessa was out joggin in Runyon Canyon in Hollywood yesterday, wearing a tank top with the word dank -- slang for good weed -- with a marijuana leaf for the letter "a" and the Disney "D."
It's sort of amazing ... another Disney star turning on the mouse.
It sort of gives new meaning to "High School Musical."
At Disneyland Acting Goofy
12/10/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is a tough nut to crack... focusing on her makeup smack in the middle of the happiest place on Earth.
Amanda is still at Disneyland ... where apparently she chose mascara over the Matterhorn.
Amanda's parents were along for the ride, keeping a watchful eye on their daughter.
Disneyland's not far from the Orange County campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she'll be attending fashion design classes
Look closely ... Amanda's not strapped in -- she's clearly had enough of that.