The latest development in the series of lawsuits launched by actor Michael Egan against prominent film and TV producers complicates the case further. Former NBC and WB television exec Garth Ancier, who was one of the four people accused (along with Bryan Singer and prominent entertainment industry figures David Neuman and Gary Goddard) has now filed to have the lawsuit dismissed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was the first to get hit with a lawsuit from Egan.
Michael Egan, now 31, first raised the accusations back in April, when he claimed that he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of the entertainment professionals at a series of parties in the 90s. Back then, Egan was still a minor.
Now, Ancier has asked the court to dismiss the case, saying the court lacks jurisdiction because Ancier was not in Hawaii at the time the alleged abuse took place. According to the LA Times, the motion cites declarations from three different witnesses, confirming that Ancier was not in the state at the time. This is actually the fourth such motion, following similar filings from Singer, Goddard and Neuman.
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Ancier’s motion also cites testimony from Egan himself in a 2000 case against other defendants in which he says he didn't go on trips outside the continental United States.
Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman refused comment for the Times, saying only that “many of the things reported are being taken out of context.” However, due to the fact that the case is ongoing, he deferred comments to the “appropriate time and appropriate venue.”
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