Garth Ancier files motion to dismiss sexual abuse lawsuit
Former NBC and WB television executive Garth Ancier has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of sexually abusing a teenager in the late 1990s.
In a lawsuit filed in Hawaii in April, Michael Egan alleged he was abused and exploited by Ancier in that state and at an estate in Encino.
In separate complaints, Egan also accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and prominent entertainment industry figures David Neuman and Gary Goddard of abusing him.
In the motion filed on Thursday, Ancier asked the court to dismiss the case, saying the court lacks jurisdiction because Ancier was not in Hawaii at the time the alleged abuse took place.
As evidence, the motion uses three declarations from third parties to show that Ancier was not in Hawaii at the time. It also uses testimony from Egan himself in a 2000 case against other defendants in which he says he didn’t go on trips outside the continental United States.
This follows motions to dismiss from Neuman, Singer and Goddard.
In response to the previous motions, Egan’s attorney Jeff Herman made the following statement: “I do have a response, but I am restricted in that I can only talk about what is in the court record. Many of the things being reported are being taken out of context or you’re only hearing one side of the story. At the appropriate time and in the appropriate venue, we will respond.”
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