Attorney Jeff Herman tries to bury own devastating sexual abuse accusations

Jeff Herman

-Self-styled “trial lawyer specializing in representing victims of sexual abuse” deletes embarrassing information from his own Wikipedia page

-Two Hollywood executives accused him of “trolling for new clients” in the entertainment industry

-Jeff Herman himself has been accused of sexual battery by his young receptionist in 1998

The self-styled attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeffrey Herman of Boca Raton (FL), has repeatedly attempted to delete embarrassing information from his own Wikipedia page.

The revelation comes after Herman’s office was found to have deleted all references to his 2014 sexual assault cases against three Hollywood figures — TV executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman and X-Men director Bryan Singer– on behalf of former child model and one-time actor Michael Egan. Self-editing is forbidden by Wikipedia to keep entries neutral.

Herman and Egan lost all three cases, and Herman was counter-sued by Neuman and Ancier. The parties settled out of court for an unspecified seven-figure sum and a written apology by Herman.

Ancier and Neuman released a statement accompanying their action, saying: “[This was a] very public campaign by Mr Egan’s counsel to troll for new clients who would enable them to shake down other entertainment industry executives with threats or sexual assault charges.”

Egan was sent to federal prison for two years on fraud charges in 2015.

The reference to the Ancier, Neuman and Singer cases was deleted on 22 February by an “unknown” user at IP address, however the host of this IP is — Herman’s law firm in Florida — on AT&T.

The revelation further tarnishes Herman’s image as the first port of call for victims of sexual abuse, which has recently taken another substantial hit.

The Hollywood Reporter made public a devastating police report from 1998, filed at the Plantation (FL) Police Department, accusing Herman of sexual battery of his then-assistant. The report was filed by the former partner of the woman, who also tipped off The Hollywood Reporter.

The detailed report reveals how the assistant was lured to Herman’s private residence on the pretense of a business meeting, but was quickly thrown on his bed in an attempt to savagely rape her. The woman continued to refuse, and according to the report, Herman “took her hand, and put it on his p****. At that time, he said’ just finish me off’.”

When The Hollywood Reporter contacted Herman for comment on the report, he stalled before mumbling “Oh crap”. The entertainment industry news outlet has made the sound recording of the phone conversation public as well.

Herman is financially struggling and still owes the Inland Revenue Service $246,570, as per a lien filed on 7 March in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. This was the fourth lien is as many years served on Herman, for a total tax debt of almost $2 million.

Last year, First American Bank filed a case for foreclosure of a Boca Raton property against Herman and associate Laurence Schneider in the same court.

In 2009, Herman was barred from practicing law in Florida for 18 months after he hired an employee from one of his clients in an attempt to set up a rival business to his client.


JH3For many, the New Year is synonym of positive thinking, new beginnings, good resolutions, and wishing for a fruitful year ahead. However, this certainly does not apply to everyone as proven by the latest sex scandal surrounding Jeff Herman and his legal firm.

The American lawyer based in Florida and specializing in sexual abuse victims has recently been caught up by his own incriminating past. Headlines such as: “Jeff Herman, Go-To Attorney for Hollywood Sex Abuse Claims, Was Once Accused of Rape”, “Attorney Who Sued Bryan Singer for Child Rape Accused of Rape in 1998”, “Celebrity attorney Jeff Herman accused of rape by a former employee”, to cite only a few, have seriously tarnished the lawyer’s reputation.

The Hollywood Reporter first recounted the rape allegations in December 2017, and released the full police report filed by the nineteen years old victim 5 days following the attack:

After taking off his pants she stated that he put his head between her legs, and stated “I want to eat you out” (…) She said stop, and squirmed away (…) Once again she pushed away and told him that she wasn’t going to have sex with him (…) when she refused, he took her hand, and put it on his penis. At that time he said “just finish me off.””

At the time of the incident, Herman was 39 years old and practicing law in Miami, specialising in commercial litigation. His nineteen years old receptionist had only been working with him for a few months when he invited her to his house, where he violently assaulted her.

Extraordinarily, Broward County assistant state attorney Dennis Nicewander did not pursue the case, going against police recommendation, in a typical situation of her word against his.

Ironically, this episode occurred at the same time Herman was shifting his practice from low-profile commercial litigation to more profitable sex abuse cases, which then became the firm’s principle sector of activity.

Ever since, Herman has become the go-to lawyer on sexual abuse cases in Hollywood, recently representing actresses Kadian Noble and Dominique Huett in the notorious Weinstein scandal. Herman has largely profited from his status, appearing on television shows to talk about his cases and others, and releasing publications such as: “It isn’t easy, but here’s how you bring down powerful men accused of rape”.

Oh the irony!

This is another scandal on the brink of eruption with the #MeToo campaign reaching all-time highs, added to the previous string of lies that have soiled Herman’s career. Among other victims of his predatory actions are X-Men producer, director and author Bryan Singer and Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, in high-profile sexual harassment cases in which he represented victims, only motivated by money and fame, much like himself – many of which were dismissed as false.

We can only wish the self-proclaimed aggressive, passionate and skilled lawyer and advocate for survivors of rape, good luck for 2018. He is about to fight the biggest case of his career, his own. Or should we say, good riddance Jeff.