The man who filed a sex-abuse lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer is now seeking for its dismissal, because he’s having trouble finding a lawyer to represent him. Michael Egan III, who claimed that the director molested him when he was 17 on trips to Hawaii in 1999, wants the suit dismissed without prejudice so he may refile it at a later date and said he had previously sought its dismissal in sealed documents in a Honolulu federal court, according to the Associated Press. Egan was able to file the lawsuit through a state law that allowed a larger window for civil suits in sex-abuse cases beyond the statute of limitations for criminal suits.
The attorneys who were representing Egan asked to be removed from the case, citing that their relationship with him had deteriorated. Egan’s motion claimed that the reason he wants to drop the case for now had “little to do with the strength of [Singer’s] defense.” Rather, he wanted to address his “inability to proceed in this matter acting on [his] own behalf.” Egan’s paperwork lists the name of an attorney he consulted with, but who is not representing him.
Singer wants the case dismissed with prejudice. Morever, he wants Egan to pay the costs and fees related to the lawsuit. The director’s lawyers see this as an opportunity for Singer to clear his name.
Egan has dropped three similar lawsuits against three other professionals in the entertainment industry.
One of Singer’s lawyers, Marty Singer (no relation), claimed that Egan’s lawyers had, at one point, asked to settle the suit for a small amount of money, though he did not disclose how much. Attorney Singer said that this move showed that they were not confident in their case. He wants to hold Egan accountable for filing what he described as a frivolous lawsuit.
A judge previously denied Egan’s request for a 180-day continuance of a hearing, set for next month, based on Singer’s motion for dismissal.
Egan filed his lawsuit a month before the Singer-directed X-Men: Days of Future Past, came out. The director called the accusations “outrageous, vicious and completely false,” at the time. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past,” he wrote in a statement. “This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career.” The movie – which Singer made with an estimated budget of $200 million and it grossed $232 million in the U.S., according to IMDb – was met with mostly positive reviews.