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Sunday 23 November 2014

Singer accuser drops abuse lawsuit

The sexual abuse lawsuit against director Bryan Singer has been dismissed
The sexual abuse lawsuit against director Bryan Singer has been dismissed

Bryan Singer's accuser has dropped the sexual abuse lawsuit against the director.

A federal judge in Hawaii, where the case was filed, has allowed former child model Michael Egan III to withdraw the lawsuit, four months after he accused him of abusing him as a minor in the late 1990s. He has the option to refile it.

The X-Men filmmaker previously wanted the case to be dismissed with prejudice, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan, but the request was denied by US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Egan has said in court documents that he wants to dismiss the case not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a lawyer to represent him. His former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him "deteriorated".

Egan previously dropped three similar lawsuits against other entertainment figures - former Disney executive David Neuman, former TV executive Garth Ancier and entertainment firm executive Gary Goddard.

The 31-year-old former model made four claims in each suit - intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion - and recounted the sexual acts that allegedly took place in explicit detail.

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