The Nevada man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others of teen sex abuse in April (14) has filed a request to dismiss the case against the moviemaker. Michael Egan III reportedly wants the dismissal granted "without prejudice or an award of costs or fees, in the interest of justice", according to the New York Daily News.
He has already withdrawn cases against the other three defendants, Gary Goddard, David Neuman and Garth Ancier.
Egan is also fighting his lawyer Jeffrey Herman's motion to withdraw from the case.
The accuser originally claimed he had been abused at parties in Hawaii and Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999. when he was a teenager.
Singer previously filed a motion to dismiss the case with prejudice, which would not allow it to be refiled. That motion is scheduled to be heard on 9 September (14).
Bryan Singer's sex abuse accuser Michael Egan has been dropped by his lawyer after changing his mind about accepting an out-of-court settlement from the director. The X-Men filmmaker became the first power player named by Egan in a series of lawsuits linked to "sordid" sexual exploits at a number of industry get togethers over a period of two years, when the plaintiff was aged between 15 and 17.
Singer's attorney Marty Singer, no relation, was quick to respond to the allegations, calling them "absurd" and "completely without merit", and he filed a motion for dismissal in May (14).
Egan subsequently withdrew his suits against Bryan Singer's co-accused, Hollywood executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, last month (Jun14), but he is refusing to back down over allegations the director sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999.
According to TMZ.com, Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman negotiated a settlement deal worth $100,000 (£58,824) with Singer, but Egan had a change of heart after signing the agreement, stating, "This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place."
His decision has now cost him Herman's services.
The news emerges days after another teen sex abuse lawsuit against Singer, filed by an unidentified British actor, was dismissed on Friday (25Jul14).
A teen sex abuse case brought against moviemaker Bryan Singer by an unnamed British actor has been dismissed. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, filed suit against the X-Men director in May (14) in Los Angeles, prompting Singer to file a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, insisting there was no legal basis for the suit.
The case was dropped on Friday (25Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer's lawyer Martin Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."
Jeffrey Herman, the plaintiff's attorney, has yet to release a statement concerning why the suit was dropped.
The moviemaker is not yet completely clear of the sex abuse scandal that has been swirling around him for months - Michael Egan III's case against him is still pending.
Egan claims Bryan Singer sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Moviemaker Bryan Singer has filed a motion to dismiss a teen sex abuse suit filed against him, insisting there is no legal basis for the case. A British actor identified only as John Doe 117 filed the legal complaint against the X-Men director in May (14), shortly after another plaintiff, Michael Egan, sued Singer and three others, accusing them of sexual abuse at parties when he was a teenager.
Egan has since withdrawn the suits against Broadway producer Gary Goddard and Hollywood executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman, who all denied the allegations, and last month (Jun14), Ancier sued Egan and his attorneys for malicious prosecution and abuse of process.
Goddard, who is also a defendant in the John Doe suit, filed a motion to dismiss that case last month (Jun14).
Singer is also seeking $300,000 (£176,470) to cover his litigation costs.
The sex abuse claims against Broadway producer Gary Goddard have been dropped by accuser Michael Egan. The lawsuit was filed against Goddard in April (14) accusing him and three other men of sexually abusing Egan in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Goddard denied the claims and filed a motion for the legal action to be dismissed in May (14), providing evidence to prove he was not in Hawaii at the time the alleged incidents took place.
On Saturday (28Jun14), Egan's lawsuit was dismissed.
Hollywood executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman had similar sex abuse lawsuits from Egan dismissed earlier this month (Jun14). Egan still has a lawsuit pending against X-Men director Bryan Singer, who filed a motion for dismissal in May (14).
Goddard is still fighting a separate sex abuse lawsuit, which was filed by an anonymous British plaintiff in May (14).
Hollywood producer Garth Ancier is suing the man who accused him of sexual assault. The entertainment mogul, who worked on TV shows such as 21 Jump Street and The Simpsons, has filed a lawsuit accusing Michael Egan of malicious prosecution, according to TMZ.com.
The new legal wrangling comes just days after Egan dropped a lawsuit against Ancier, who was accused, alongside three other men, of sexually abusing him as a teenager in Hawaii in 1999.
Ancier, who vehemently denied the allegations, is now fighting back by turning the legal battle on his accuser and suing him over the initial lawsuit, alleging it damaged his reputation.
X-Men director Bryan Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, both of whom are also facing lawsuits from Egan, filed motions requesting dismissal in May (14).
TV executive Garth Ancier is in the clear after Michael Egan agreed to drop his sex abuse lawsuit against him. Legal action was launched against Ancier in April (14) accusing him and three other men of sexually abusing Egan in Hawaii in 1999, when the accuser was still a teenager.
However, after Ancier's attorneys filed for a dismissal of the lawsuit last month (May14) stating Egan's claims are "demonstrably false", and Egan subsequently dropped his case on Wednesday (25Jun14).
In a statement to TheWrap.com, Ancier's lawyers state: "We are pleased the case filed in Hawaii against Mr. Ancier has been dropped given it had no merit whatsoever.
"Mr. Ancier was undeserving of the stain to his reputation caused by the plaintiff's reckless complaint, which was grounded in lies. We are equally confident that just as this case imploded when the facts became known, any further legal manoeuvres or gimmicks will fail because unsupported statements, falsehoods and character smears have no place in any court."
X-Men director Bryan Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, both of whom are also facing lawsuits from Egan, filed similar motions requesting dismissal in May (14).
Broadway producer Gary Goddard has filed a motion to have a new sex abuse lawsuit dismissed. The entertainment executive was hit with legal papers last month (May14) from an anonymous British plaintiff, who claims he was first contacted by Goddard via social media in 2003, when he was 14, and their relationship allegedly escalated to sex when he was 16.
Goddard was also sued in a separate lawsuit in April (14) by Michael Egan, who accused him of sexually assaulting him in 1999 when he was a teenager. Goddard denied the claims and filed for the lawsuit to be dismissed in May (14).
On Thursday (19Jun14), the producer moved to end the second case by filing a motion at a court in California asking for the anonymous plaintiff's lawsuit to be dismissed, alleging his accuser filed suit to latch onto the publicity surrounding the Egan case.
According to TheWrap.com, a memorandum in support of his motion reads, "The reason why Plaintiff did not file suit until 2014, more than eight years after the last act of alleged sexual activity, is transparent: there was no, and never has been any, misconduct by Mr. Goddard. Indeed, it was not until a widely publicised press conference by another plaintiff... who shamelessly made demonstrably false sexual conduct against four Hollywood executives, including Mr. Goddard, that Plaintiff decided he would tag along for the ride."
Hollywood executive David Neuman has been hit with a new sexual abuse lawsuit days after Michael Egan dropped the first case against him. Former Disney TV president Neuman and two other men - TV boss Garth Ancier and Broadway producer Gary Goddard - were named in Egan's sexual assault lawsuit in April (14). Egan alleged they assaulted him in 1999, when he was a teenager.
All three men later spoke out to deny Egan's claims they abused him at parties in Hawaii and Los Angeles, and last week (ends08Jun14), Egan voluntarily removed Neuman's name from the complaint after his lawyer filed documents including a sworn declaration from Egan, made in 2003, in which he stated he never had any sexual contact with Neuman and he had "never acted inappropriately".
In the new legal papers, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Egan only lists the alleged abuses that took place in Los Angeles and does not name Neuman in the suit, instead referring to him as John Doe.
However, he does name the alleged offender as the president of the now-defunct Digital Entertainment Network, DEN, which Neuman was.
He also alludes to the 2003 declaration, stating he signed it "under fear, threats, and duress."
Egan's case against X-Men director Bryan Singer is still pending, but last month (May14) the filmmaker filed a motion to have the sexual assault lawsuit against him dismissed.
Hollywood executive David Neuman is in the clear over allegations of sexual abuse of a teenager after the accused's legal team removed his name from court papers. Former Disney TV president Neuman and two other men - TV boss Garth Ancier and Broadway producer Gary Goddard - were named in a lawsuit by Michael Egan in April (14), alleging they assaulted him in 1999 when he was a teenager.
All three men later spoke out to deny Egan's claim they abused him during parties in Hawaii and Los Angeles, and now a new report suggests Neuman's name has been removed from the legal action.
It came after Neuman's lawyer filed documents including a sworn declaration from Egan, made in 2003, in which he stated he never had any sexual contact with Neuman and he had "never acted inappropriately".
Neuman's lawyer, Patricia Glaser, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This evening the completely unfounded and 100 per cent false charges against our client David A. Neuman, were dismissed. Today's news affirms to everyone that David Neuman's fine reputation deserves to stand strong and was attacked with no merit...
"In as much as we celebrate the truth this evening, we will hold accountable those who wrongly created the hurt and damage by making outrageous, untruthful assertions that cannot be undone. We question seriously the underlying prejudices and motives in targeting David Neuman with this groundless and defamatory action. Today's dismissal exposes this despicable lawsuit for what it really was: an unethical smearing and failed shakedown of a completely innocent man."