Bryan Singer Files Motion to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Bryan Singer, who was sued by a man named Michael Egan III for allegedly sexually abusing him in Hawaii and other places in 1999, filed a motion on Wednesday, May 21 to dismiss the case for the lack of jurisdiction. According to The Daily Beast, Singer's motion quotes Egan's deposition from a lawsuit in 2003 to show that the filmmaker and Egan were not in Hawaii when the abuse allegedly took place and that Singer did not abuse Egan.
The motion filed by the 44-year-old director's lawyer Marty Singer, who is not related to the filmmaker, also includes a statement from the "X Men: Days of Future Past" director. In the statement, he said that during the span of time he allegedly abused Egan, he was mostly in Canada for an "X Men" movie filming. He also had a business trip to California and a family-related trip to New England.
On Wednesday, Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman claimed that his client had passed a polygraph test "relating to the allegations he had made," but he did not share more info regarding the test. In response to the statement, the director's lawyer called the test "a desperate attempt by Mr. Egan to resurrect his baseless claims against Mr. Singer." He added, "It's very suspicious. If you spoke to hundreds and thousands of lawyers across America, I don't think any one would ask their client to take a lie detector test before filing a lawsuit, unless they thought their client was not telling the truth."
A few days after filing a lawsuit against Singer in April, Egan sued three more Hollywood figures, Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard, for similar conducts. The three men have denied the allegations.
Egan's other statement in 2003 seemingly contradicted his case against Neuman. "I have never had any kind of physical contact with David Neuman other than what is normal and appropriate between non-sexual acquaintances," he said, as quoted by TMZ.
"Up until this last month [December 2003], I have only had incidental social contact with David Neuman, which involved primarily the exchange of polite greetings and small talk. ... [Neuman] never acted improperly around me or toward me, on a personal or professional level," it continued. Last week, Neuman also asked the judge to dismiss the case.
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