Bryan Singer Files Motion to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Suit

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Attorneys for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer have filed a motion to dismiss Michael Egan’s sexual abuse lawsuit.

The motion was filed Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, where Egan alleges that Singer committed the abuse between August 1999 and October 1999. “X-Men” Days of Future Past” is opening worldwide this weekend.

Singer said in the motion that he was not in Hawaii during that period, asserting that he had been in Canada filming “X-Men,” on trips to California and New England. He also alleged in the filing that the timing of Egan’s suit — filed April 15 — had been aimed “to maximize public attention” prior to the release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Singer’s motion said the case should be dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction and cited Egan’s deposition in a separate 2000 sex abuse lawsuit filed against three executives of the Digital Entertainment Network in which Egan said he had not journeyed “outside the continental U.S.” with those defendants.

“The timing of this action and inclusion of its sordid (and provably false) allegations are nothing more than tools being used to embarrass, harass, and pressure Singer and precipitate a shakedown of a perceived ‘deep pocket,’” the motion said.

Egan filed four sexual abuse suits in April against Singer, Gary Goddard, Garth Ancier and David Neuman, alleging that they were involved in a ring that coerced underage teenagers into sexual activity.

Neuman filed a similar motion for dismissal last week in Hawaii. Goddard filed his on Thursday with a sworn declaration that he was never in Hawaii during the period of time that Michael Egan alleges he was abused.

“And it is supported by Egan’s own sworn deposition confirming that he was not in Hawaii either, and that no one other than those he accused in 2003 — which did not include Gary Goddard — had ever allegedly assaulted him,” said a statement from Goddard’s attorneys Paul Gaspari and Alan Grodin. “We have consistently asserted throughout this whole unfortunate matter that our client vehemently rejects the allegations made against him, which are provably false.”

Bryan Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, has called the lawsuit “absurd and defamatory” and has promised he will file a countersuit. Egan’s attorney Jeff Herman has responded by saying that he will not be intimidated.

Bryan Singer canceled two major appearances in support of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” then announced that he would not participate in the publicity campaign because of the distraction it would create.

Each of Egan’s suits also names former DEN executive Marc Collins-Rector, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to luring minors across state lines for sexual acts. Collins-Rector, though not named as a defendant, is accused in the suits of luring Egan into a sex ring with promises of auditions for work as an actor and model.

Update: Jeff Herman, Egan’s lawyer, sent Variety the following statement after the filing of the dismissal motions: “I do have a response, but I am restricted in that I can only talk about what is in the court record. Many of the things being reported are being taken out of context or you’re only hearing one side of the story. At the appropriate time and in the appropriate venue, we will respond.”

 

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  1. Don says:

    As soon as I posted this, I saw it. Sorry. Thanks.

  2. Peoples Be Crazy says:

    Good lord people are stupid. You make it seem like he’s guilty because he’s fighting the accusations. If he jumped and said “I did it!” would you all be proclaiming his innocents? Remember this folks. If you get accused of something you, don’t say you are innocent. You automatically be convicted by your fellow man,

  3. Nick says:

    Egan testified in 2000 that he had never been to Hawaii, totally contradicting his 1999 claims about Singer under oath. That really sealed the deal for me. He had no reason to lie about not going to Hawaii back then, so why would he retroactively say he had been to the islands 14 years later?

  4. Erm76 says:

    Egan’s case seems incredibly flimsy to me. How can you say that a sworn deposition needs context? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Seems like Egan is lying.

  5. straggler says:

    People have to stop reacting emotionally. Allegations of sexual abuse is a hot button issue that leads people to assume guilt by accusation. But Egan’s story seems very flimsy: that he kept going to these parties and traveled to be with the accused over months despite the now completely unsubstantiated claims of abuse. Egan knew exactly what he was doing going to what were notorious gay sex parties and he knows what he is doing now.

  6. carl r. says:

    He’s got the money. His bigger problem is the movie coming out implicating him. We all know he is slimebag.

  7. Lisa says:

    Wouldn’t he want to go to court to prove his innocence? It’s not like he’d ever go to prison anyway. I’m so sick of this ‘they only want my money’ lie. Perhaps they want their story told. Perhaps they don’t want others to be abused. On average, a pedophile has over 100 victims in his life. Think about that.

    • Desiree says:

      “Go to court to prove his innocence?” Really? WOW! What happened to innocent until proven guilty? This is a very serious accusation, and it falls on the prosecution to provide burden of proof that any of these alleged offenses took place AND that the defendant is guilty of these crimes. Not the other way around! It’s sad that so many of the public are so quick to judge and assume guilt without any evidence or omission thereof. Do sexual assault/abuse incidences occur everywhere? Yes, of course – but so do frivolous/false accusation lawsuits!

      • M. says:

        You do realize that due process is accorded to alleged victims as well as alleged assailants? The religious fervor with which you scream “Innocent until proven guilty” seems to have made you forget this inconvenient dent in your non-argument.

    • Chris says:

      Absolutely agree with you Lisa, very good points you make.

      Personally though I think if it was proved to be true he would go to jail. This is NOT a shoplifting case.

      • Phillip says:

        It’s a civil suit and not criminal charges so no matter the outcome he will not do any jail time

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