×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Bryan Singer, Gary Goddard Hit With New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard are the targets of another lawsuit, filed by an anonymous British teenager who alleges they sexually assaulted him.

The suit is filed by Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who has filed four suits in the past two weeks. According to the Daily Beast, Herman intends to announce the suit at 2 p.m. Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. According to the suit, Goddard used social media to contact the teen when he was 14, telling him he was good looking and that Goddard could help him in Hollywood.

The suit contends that nude webcam sessions began and, when the teenage was 15 or 16, Goddard insisted that they lay on a bed and kiss naked. When the teenager was 17, the suit alleges that at a “Superman” after-party, Singer had sex with him, despite his refusal. Reportedly, when the teenager refused, Goddard brought a “large, musclebound man” who smacked him around.

According to the suit, Singer called him the next morning to apologize for “last night.” It reads that the plaintiff has only recently become cognizant of the “psychological and emotional injuries, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life” as a result of the alleged sexual abuse.

Bryan Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer (no relation) told the Daily Beast that the allegations are “totally untrue.”

“After the substance of Mr. Herman’s previous defamatory and fabricated filing in Hawaii was disproved based on unassailable evidence, Mr. Herman’s desperation has led him to fabricate these new anonymous accusations against Mr. Singer, which we will also prove to be completely false,” Marty Singer said.

“It is time for the media and public to focus their attention on Mr. Herman’s nefarious motives and tactics, which seem to be driven solely by his ‎need to shake down an innocent man like Bryan Singer. We intend to seek sanctions against Mr. Herman for his ‎reckless, unethical behavior,” he added.

Goddard’s lawyers Alan Grodin and Paul Gaspari also responded with a statement.

“It is a sad indictment on society that when once spurious claims making false, serious and highly damaging allegations have been made – especially where compensation is sought – that other similar claims may follow,” the statement reads.

“The allegations made against Mr Goddard are vehemently denied and will be vigorously defended at any trial of these matters and Mr Goddard is entirely confident that he will be fully vindicated.”

Previously, Michael Egan had filed a similar suit against Singer, with Herman, representing him. Egan accused Singer of coercing him into sex in California and Hawaii in 1998 and 1999, with the abuse starting when Egan was 15.

Singer responded to the charges, denying them and calling them a “sick twisted shake down.” Singer also backed out of all press for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to prevent the “fictitious claims” against him from diverting attention from the film.

Egan also filed suits against TV execs Garth Ancier and David Neuman, accusing them of sexual assault. Ancier called the claims “vile” and denied them with a series of tweets.

“Thanks and gratitude to my friends, family and colleagues for your support this week. I wanted you all to hear from me personally and know that I intend to fight with every resource available this vile, unwarranted assault on my reputation. The intimidation tactics used in this transparent get-rich-quick scheme employ as their weapons of choice press conferences in tandem with frivolous lawsuits which shamelessly exploit homophobic fears and stereotypes,” he wrote.

Neuman also denied the claims with a statement of his own: “I just want everyone to know right now that the disgusting allegations made against me are COMPLETELY FALSE. Also very shocking in that they don’t just stretch the truth, they are whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth. Sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document Stay tuned; I will set the record straight”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • A Hidden Life Movie Austria

    Film News Roundup: Austin Festival Selects Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    In today’s film news roundup, the Austin Film Festival selects a Terrence Malick title, “A Day Without a Mexican” gets a sequel and DCR Finance signs a first-look deal. FESTIVAL SCREENING The Austin Film Festival will screen Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” which won the Francois Chalais and Ecumenical Jury awards at the Cannes Film [...]

  • Blake Lively

    Blake Lively's 'Rhythm Section' Moved Back to 2020

    Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of Blake Lively’s “The Rhythm Section” back two months from Nov. 22 to Jan. 31, 2020, the weekend of Super Bowl LIV. The spy tale, adapted from Mark Burnell’s novels surrounding character Stephanie Patrick, is produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson through their [...]

  • The Mandalorian

    'The Mandalorian': Watch the First Trailer for 'Star Wars' Series

    The gunslinging lone warrior — the Mandalorian, as they call him — calls the far reaches of the “Star Wars” galaxy home. Disney dropped the first trailer for the spinoff series during its biennial D23 convention on Friday, finally giving fans a closer look at the franchise’s newest character. “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, who [...]

  • Lady and the Tramp trailer

    'Lady and the Tramp': Disney's Live-Action Remake Gets First Trailer (Watch)

    Ready your dog-friendly bowl of spaghetti, Disney has debuted the first trailer for its live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The teaser was released during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim at the Disney + presentation. In addition to Thompson and Theroux, who play the Lady and Tramp, respectively, [...]

  • Mickey Mouse waves to members of

    Spider-Man, Spicer and Splashy First-Looks: Everything We're Looking For at D23

    As if Disney hasn’t owned enough weekends this year at the box office, the biennial D23 Expo will light up Anaheim, Calif. over the next three days to celebrate the content monolith. From a new Netflix-competing streaming platform to scores of movie and series reveals — along with a few hot controversies to confront — [...]

  • Angel Has Fallen

    'Angel Has Fallen' to Dominate Modest Box Office With $20 Million Weekend

    Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are leading the way at the North American box office with “Angel Has Fallen” on its way to about $20 million, early estimates showed Friday. Should forecasts hold, “Angel Has Fallen” will take in about double the next title, Universal’s second weekend of raunchy comedy “Good Boys” with about $10 [...]

  • Aracne

    Sanfic Standout ‘Aracne’ Filmmakers Discuss the State of Chilean Genre

    A key project at this year’s Santiago Lab, the Santiago Intl. Film Festival industry forum for promising Latin American projects, Florencia Dupont’s “Aracne” is representative of a push from the next generation of Chilean filmmakers into genre cinema and the themes it can explore. “Aracne” turns on Beatriz, a young journalist at a small Santiago [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content