Bryan Singer's sexual abuse case has been dropped after a judge granted his accuser Michael F. Egan's voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit against the director, but Egan is still able to re-file the lawsuit at a later date.
Bryan Singer's sexual abuse case has been dropped.
According to court documents filed in Hawaii, Michael F. Egan had his motion for voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit against the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director, in which the 31-year-old man claimed he was sexually abused by the filmmaker as an aspiring teen actor, granted by a judge.
However, as part of the voluntary dismissal, a judge ruled on Wednesday (27.08.14) that Egan does have the opportunity to re-file the lawsuit at a later date.
Egan - who previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents - filed a claim last week in Hawaii, asking for the case to be dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later, because he could not find a lawyer.
Singer attempted to get the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning Egan wouldn't be able to file at a later date, but US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied his request because she didn't think the director's reputation would be damaged as a result of the voluntary dismissal.
According to New York Post's Page Six column, the judge's order said: ''Any alleged damage to defendant's reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of the action.''
Singer was accused in April of preying on Egan at a Californian house party when he was just 15 years old after he was allegedly plied with drugs and alcohol and ''taken advantage of''.
Last week, a judge denied a request by the accuser - who has previously dropped three other similar suits against entertainment industry figures - for a 180-day continuance of a hearing set for next month on Singer's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
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