X-Men director Bryan Singer has denied allegations of teen sexual abuse and filed a motion to dismiss recent charges, based on the plaintiff’s own sworn statements.
In a civil lawsuit last month, Michael Egan III accused Singer and three other men of sexually abusing him at lurid parties in California and Hawaii when he was only 17 years old. But in his deposition from a similar 2000 case against three different defendants, Egan claimed to never have taken “any trips outside the continental U.S.” — and when asked then if he had been abused by anyone other than the three initial defendants, he answered negatively. Singer has repeatedly denied the charges and claims to have phone records and receipts that prove he was not in Hawaii when Egan claims the assaults took place. In Singer’s filing, which can be read at the Hollywood Reporter, he asks for dismissal based on the Hawaii court’s lack of jurisdiction.
Last month, Egan had filed charges in Hawaii against Singer, David Neuman, Garth Ancier, and Gary Goddard. Last week, Neuman filed a similar motion to dismiss, based on the same evidence and including Egan’s decade-old testimony that Neuman had “never acted improperly.” Egan’s attorney has not yet responded to his client’s inconsistencies, other than to reiterate his current claim that he was in Hawaii with the defendants. Neuman’s motion already has a court date set for July 28.