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Sexual Abuse Suit Against Gary Goddard Withdrawn

Michael Egan III (pictured above), who has filed sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three Hollywood execs, has dismissed his suit against Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard.

The motion was filed in federal court in Hawaii, where Egan had alleged that Goddard committed the abuse between in 1999 when Egan was 16. Egan dismissed a similar suit against TV exec Garth Ancier on Wednesday and Ancier filed a counter-suit Friday against Egan and his attorneys for malicious prosecution.

Egan had sued Ancier, Goddard, TV exec David Neuman and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Singer in April. Egan made four claims in each suit — intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion — and recounted in explicit detail the sexual acts that allegedly took place between Egan and each man.

Goddard’s sworn declaration on May 23 asserted that he was never in Hawaii during the period of time in which 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 Goddard’s attorneys Paul Gaspari and Alan Grodin at the time. “We have consistently asserted throughout this whole unfortunate matter that our client vehemently rejects the allegations made against him, which are provably false.”

Egan dismissed his case against Neuman earlier this month but then refiled. His attorney Jeff Herman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the dismissal of the Goddard suit.

Ancier’s suit alleged that the Egan suit was a “last minute” attempt to take advantage of Hawaii’s extended statute of limitations on sexual abuse allegations and an attempt by his attorneys to “troll” for new clients.

Herman responded to Ancier’s suit by issuing a statement Friday asserting that Egan maintains that he was sexually abused by Ancier. But he did not disclose why Egan had withdrawn his abuse suit against Ancier.

“This is nothing more than an attempt to silence victims,” Herman added. “I will not be bullied and I will continue to fight for victims of sexual abuse even when it happens in Hollywood.”

 

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