Bryan Singer Accuser Michael Egan Drops Sexual Abuse Charges Against 'X-Men' Director

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Director Bryan Singer attends the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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If you're not already aware, X-Men director Bryan Singer has been the center of the controversy as of late. The drama surrounding him is due to the recent sexual abuse claims and subsequent lawsuit against him by his accuser, Michael Egan. It should be noted that there was another man who filed a suit against him, but that case has been dropped. He wasn't alone in this lawsuit, though. Egan also attempted to sue others in the entertainment industry, including Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard, and David Neuman for allegedly sexually abusing him in the 1990's when he was still underage. But, according to Variety, the cases against Ancier and Neuman have already been dropped by Egan himself. Now, Egan has "voluntarily withdrawn" the case against Singer and the judge has since acquiesced his request. 

Variety also explains that this news comes after Egan's lawyer had withdrew from the case in late July. Singer's lawyers had also filed to dismiss the case prior to this ruling. Singer has always maintained that he is innocent and Variety had previously reported the nature of the motion put forth by his council, with the motion claiming that, "The timing of this action and inclusion of its sordid (and provably false) allegations are nothing more than tools being used to embarrass, harass, and pressure Singer and precipitate a shakedown of a perceived deep pocket.”

In May, after Egan dropped the other cases, his lawyer at the time, Jeff Herman, gave this statement to Variety to address the issue, "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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