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He has already withdrawn cases against the other three defendants, Gary Goddard, David Neuman and Garth Ancier.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).
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 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."
Moviemaker Bryan Singer has broken his silence a week after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager at a party in Hawaii in 1999. The X-Men director became the first power player named by Michael 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 lawyer Marty Singer was quick to respond to the allegations, calling them "absurd" and "completely without merit", and now his famous client is speaking out to announce he won't be taking part in any promotional activity for new X-Men blockbuster Days of Future Past because of the drama.
He says, "The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false.
"I do not want these fictitious claims to divert any attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labour of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I've decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film.
"However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support."
Egan has filed a civil suit against the director, alleging he sexually assaulted him at sex parties.
He has also filed sex abuse lawsuits against TV executive Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard. Like Singer, all three insist the allegations against them are false.
Lawyers representing the three entertainment executives accused of the forcible sexual abuse of a teenager in 1999 have spoken out to defend their clients and refute Michael Egan's allegations. Egan stunned Hollywood last week (ends18Apr14) when he filed suit against X-Men director Bryan Singer, accusing him of similar allegations, and on Monday (21Apr14) he named three other men who reportedly frequented the parties in Hawaii and Hollywood, where he claims to have been abused.
Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman filed suit against TV executive Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, alleging wrongful conduct in Hawaii and Los Angeles in 1999, when Egan was 17.
Singer's lawyer has already denied the claims, insisting he has documents and witnesses to prove that his client was not in Hawaii at the times the alleged abuse occurred at parties there, and now attorneys representing Ancier and Goddard are speaking out.
Ancier's legal rep says, "All of the allegations made by the plaintiff against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented.
"As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him."
Meanwhile, Goddard's attorney, Alan Grodin, has offered up an email statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which reads: "Gary is in China right now and we will have a proper statement in due course, but needless to say, this is without merit."
And Neuman chose to respond in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing: "obviously I have to be talking to and through lawyers, but 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. And thank you to the many friends who have reached out to me with messages of faith and support. I deeply appreciate it."
Egan claims the sexual abuse he was subjected to occurred at a series of parties over a two-year period. He held a press conference in Los Angeles last week (17Apr14), during which he claimed he was raped "numerous times" by "numerous individuals" at the "sordid" parties.
It’s been said that lightning doesn’t strike twice. But how have the following actresses been able to star on more than two successful shows? With so many actresses cursed to star on failed TV shows, these actresses all seem to have the golden touch to make a series last. They have all been series regulars on television shows that have taken off and lasted insanely long ... in some cases unnecessarily long.
Thorne-Smith has bright blue eyes, a slightly raspy voice, and a general likable folksiness. She starred in Melrose Place from day one. Despite initial bumps in the road, the series went on to last seven seasons partly because of her on-again/off-again relationship with Andrew Shue (who was never heard from again). Ally McBeal became a huge must-see series with the insane antics of an off-beat law firm. It lasted five seasons and launched the careers of Calista Flockhart, Lucy Liu, Jane Krakowski, and Portia de Rossi. Then despite all sense of rhyme or reason, According to Jim managed to last eight seasons.
Garth managed to do the impossible. She was on both a series and its reboot and both did extremely well. She was on the wildly successful Beverly Hills 90210 and managed to star on the show for a startling ten seasons. When the series was rebooted, she was the anchor to tie the new series, 90210, to the original. She didn’t stay on the series, but it did go on to last a respectable five seasons. This is a great achievement considering the number of television channels grew exponentially since the original series hit the airwaves. She also played Amanda Bynes’ older sister for the five season run of What I Like About You.
Malick has the perfect blend of beauty, brains, and comedic genius that it’s no wonder she can help keep a series on the air. She has done a million guest spots but has helped more than a few series find their groove. She starred on HBO’s T&A comedy Dream On with Brian Benben. It lasted six seasons, which is a lot for a series on premium cable in the early '90s. She then starred in the eight seasons of NBC’s Just Shoot Me. Now, she’s currently lending her magic to Hot in Cleveland, already in its fifth season.
Holly Marie Combs
Did someone say magic? Combs is best be remembered for playing Piper, a witch that could freeze time on Charmed for eight seasons. The series held the record for the longest running series with an all-female cast until it was eclipsed by Desperate Housewives. Combs started her career playing Kimberly Brock on the David E. Kelly series Picket Fences, which lasted a respectable four seasons. She is currently starring on Pretty Little Liars. It has five seasons under its belt and shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
Cuoco is plucky, pretty, and a great addition to any television show. Cuoco starred on 8 Simple Rules which survived a notable name change and the loss of comedic genius John Ritter, and lasted a respectable three seasons. She also joined the cast for the final season of Charmed without causing a jump the shark situation. She has done voice-over work on shows like Brandy & Mr. Whiskers and 6Teen which have lasted more than one season. Most notably, she is starring on The Big Bang Theory. It’s in its seventh season and still going strong.
Sagal is the definitive actress with the magic touch. She has managed the impossible more than once. She starred in Married With Children which helped launch the Fox network. She starred on 8 Simple Rules with Cuoco, and helped the series survive. She lent her lovely voice to Futurama as the voice of one-eyed beauty Turanga Leela. The sci-fi animated series went on to last seven seasons, four movies, and multiple cancellations. She’s currently flexing her dramatic muscle in FX’s dark biker drama, Sons of Anarchy as matriarch Gemma Morrow. Not only is she great at playing a mother, she’s great at being a mother to a successful series.
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