X-Men director Bryan Singer dismissed from sex abuse lawsuit

Nick Duffy July 26, 2014
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One of two sex abuse lawsuits targeting X-Men director Bryan Singer has dropped the charges against him.

The out director was earlier this year hit by a lawsuit from Michael Egan, who claims he was sexually assaulted by Singer in Hawaii in 1999, when he was just 17.

In May, lawyer Jeff Herman – who also filed the first case – filed a second one, on behalf of an anonymous British man, against Singer and theatre producer Gary Goddard.

The man in the second case alleges that when he was aged 17, Singer forced him into sexual acts at a Superman after-party in London, and on another occasion attempted to rape him.

Despite the age of consent in London being 16, the suit argued that California’s homosexual age of consent – 18 – should apply, because Singer and Goddard allegedly planned their abuse there.

However, charges against Singer in the second case were withdrawn by the anonymous man before the case was due to be heard, and yesterday they were ‘dismissed with prejudice’ by the court.

The ruling bans the man from making any further claim against Singer based on the claims.

Attorney Marty Singer said in a short statement: “We are pleased the case was dismissed.”

Goddard continues to face charges in the case, and Singer contines to be the subject of Egan’s case.

Both men deny all wrongdoing, with Singer claiming the cases are a “sick twisted shakedown” timed to disrupt the release of his film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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