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Bryan Singer Files Motion to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Suit

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.

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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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