Attorney says he’s dropping Bryan Singer’s accuser as a client
Michael Egan, the man who accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager, is being dropped as a client by his lawyers.
“We are in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and have no further comment concerning his matters at this time,” said Florida attorney Jeff Herman in an emailed statement Tuesday.
In April, Egan said in a complaint filed in Hawaii that Singer abused him in that state and in Encino in the late 1990s.
In separate complaints, Egan also alleged he was abused by former Walt Disney Television President David Neuman, former NBC and WB television executive Garth Ancier and producer Gary Goddard.
The suits against Neuman, Ancier and Goddard have been voluntarily dismissed by Egan’s attorneys.
The allegations were the talk of Hollywood when Herman and Egan first filed the suits and held news conferences detailing what the complaints referred to as a “sordid sex ring,” in which teenage boys were allegedly plied with drugs and alcohol and then coerced into having sex with older men.
It is unclear how Egan will proceed now that he is losing his legal representation.
Herman’s dropping of Egan was first reported by Buzzfeed.
The online news organization also said that, in June, Singer agreed to settle the case for $100,000. The Buzzfeed report cited a settlement document it says it reviewed. The document appeared to be signed by Singer, his attorney Martin Singer (no relation) and Herman, but Egan would not sign, according to Buzzfeed.
“This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place,” Buzzfeed reported Egan as saying.
Through a representative, Martin Singer confirmed to The Times that the director was in talks to settle the case. Those discussions were initiated by the plaintiff’s side, Martin Singer said.
Herman declined to comment on the alleged document. “We cannot comment on any actual or purported documents that may or may not be or reflect privileged or confidential communications,” he said.
Martin Singer said that the relatively low settlement amount demonstrates a “lack of confidence” in the legitimacy of the allegations.
“This was a last-ditch attempt to save face from what was nothing more than an unsubstantiated, unsuccessful shakedown of Bryan Singer based on false allegations,” Martin Singer said through the representative.
Bryan Singer’s latest film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” was released in May.
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