Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dropped by Lawyer Amid $100K Settlement Report

Michael Egan speaks at a news
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Jeff Herman has withdrawn as the attorney for Michael Egan, the plaintiff who accused director Bryan Singer and Hollywood executives of sexual assault in the late 1990s, when he was a minor. He withdrew from the case shortly after a report that he and Singer’s lawyer, Martin Singer, had agreed to settle the lawsuit for $100,000 but Egan refused.

In a statement, Herman said that his firm is “in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and have no further comment concerning his matters at this time.  We cannot comment on any actual or purported documents that may or may not be or reflect privileged or confidential communications.  We decline to speak about any other clients we may or may not have represented.”

The statement was released after Buzzfeed posted a story revealing a document showing the settlement. “This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place,” Egan told Buzzfeed. “Being silenced goes completely against what I believe in and offers no protection for other vulnerable children.”

The director has denied Egan’s claims, and his attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the case, calling it an “attempted shakedown.” Egan dropped his claims against Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman.

In a statement sent to Variety, Martin Singer said that “as Mr. Egan and his now ex-lawyers know, a legitimate claim in this type of case can run into the millions or dollars, so their willingness to resolve it for such a relatively low figure demonstrates their total lack of confidence in their chances for success. This was their way of trying to save face after an unsuccessful attempted shakedown of Bryan Singer.

“Bryan and his team will continue to fight to clear his name and intend to pursue charges of malicious prosecution against Egan.”

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, Singer’s lawyers asked the court to keep a Sept. 9 hearing on their motion for dismissal, as well as a motion for summary judgment, even though Egan’s attorney has withdrawn.

Update: In their motion to withdraw filed in Hawaii, Herman and Egan’s Honolulu-based attorney, Mark F. Gallagher, say that relations had “deteriorated” with their client, and Gallagher said that conflicts of interest “have arisen.” A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Aug. 6. They also say that Egan has retained another attorney, John C. Manly, who is well known for representing plaintiffs in clerical sexual abuse cases and was featured prominently in the documentary “Deliver Us from Evil.”


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  1. Ann C. says:

    Victim can’t afford the money it takes so, guess who wins?

    If that’s justice for kids, it is damn poor in my book.

  2. MattC says:

    Egan shakedown gone bad. Everybody in WEHO knows this guy is s crack head loser looking for his next fix. Like most crack heads he was looking to shakedown more cash. Its about time his attorney saw the light!

  3. big daddy D says:

    But in the REAL world, we know that to be the furthest thing from the truth. Sometimes it means-here’s your blackmail blood money…now get off my ass!

  4. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “When they give you the money, it means you WON!
    -The Verdict

  5. Jaimie says:

    100k versus keeping marty singer on retainer for a couple of years sounds like a deal to me. Seems like Herman really wants to jump Egan’s jumping ship.

  6. Bryan Singer wants to get this slime bag out of his life. If I were Bryan I wouldn’t pay him 20 cents. Egan is a bottom feeder opportunist whose plan for an instant fortune backfired in his plastic face. Even his lawyers find him repulsive.

  7. TONY says:

    Why would they try to settle for 100k if Singer was innocent? Hmmmmm.

    • jedi77 says:

      Look, I am guessing that you have a preconceived notion of Singer’s guilt. Probably based solely on the fact that he is gay. Because if you don’t, I simply do not understand how you can be so ignorant as to not understand why anyone would pay money to get someone else to shut the hell up.

      Christ, I would pay good money to get my wife to shut up sometimes. It has nothing to do with right or wrong. It simply has to do with making someone who annoys you go away, and if you can afford it and if they can be bought off, then why not?

      It’s like the old adage about prostitutes. You don’t pay them for sex, you pay them to leave.

      • MattC says:

        $100,000 to get rid of this lying ex male gay for pay hustler is a deal! Even if Singer never had sex with him.

    • thephantomcat says:

      Because 100 thousand is probably cheaper than a lengthy court case and wouldn’t interfere with his ability to work. If this is drawn out, he may have to step down from X-Men: Apocalypse which would cost him millions.

    • vee says:

      100k to Singer is the freaking change in my ashtray.

  8. big daddy D says:

    Hmmm..the rats are leaving the sinking Egan ship.

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