12:05pm PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Bryan Singer Dismissed from U.K. Teen's Sex Abuse Lawsuit (Exclusive)
Bryan Singer has been dismissed from the federal teen sex abuse case brought against him by an anonymous British actor.
"We are pleased the case was dismissed," the director's attorney Marty Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The case was filed in May in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the X-Men director by an actor identified only as "John Doe." Singer filed a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, claiming that there was no legal basis for the suit and that it was improperly brought. Jeffrey Herman, the attorney for the plaintiff, did not respond to a request for comment on why the suit against the director was dropped. It was also filed against Gary Goddard, who has not been dismissed.
The case was one of several filed against Singer and others over allegations of underage sex abuse. Still pending is a suit filed in Hawaii against Singer and three others by Michael Egan III, who is also represented by Herman. The claims against the other three defendants were withdrawn after motions to dismiss by the defendants — Goddard, Garth Ancier and David Neuman — challenged whether they had been in Hawaii at the time Egan alleged.
Singer, Goddard, Ancier and Neuman have denied the allegations, with Marty Singer penning a fiery letter to Herman. In June, Ancier sued Egan, Herman and Egan attorney Michael Gallagher of Hawaii, for malicious prosecution and abuse of process.