Bryan Singer, Gary Goddard named in new sex abuse lawsuit
The new action has been filed by attorney Jeff Herman, who in an earlier suit accused the director of the upcoming movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” of sexually abusing his client Michael Egan when he was a teenager. And in a separate earlier filing by Herman, Goddard was accused of sexual assault, along with television executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman.
The new suit alleges that Singer and Goddard sexually assaulted a British teenager, who is staying anonymous, according to the Daily Beast. It alleges that Goddard contacted the teenager via social media in 2003 when he was 14, and that nude webcam sessions followed when he was 15. Later, according to the suit, when the teen was 15, they lay in bed naked together in a London hotel room, and when the teen was 16, Goddard had sex with him.
Singer had sex with the plaintiff at a “Superman” after after-party in a London hotel room when the plaintiff was 17, according to the suit. The boy resisted, but Goddard brought in a “large, musclebound man” who smacked the teenager around, holding him while Singer grabbed him and Goddard, naked on the bed, watched, according to the suit, which alleged that Singer then attempted to rape the plaintiff.
Herman intends to announce the suit at 2 p.m. Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, the report said.
Singer's lawyer Marty Singer said that the allegations are “totally untrue,” according to the Daily Beast.
“After the substance of Mr. Herman's previous defamatory and fabricated filing in Hawaii was disproved based on unassailable evidence, Mr. Herman's desperation has led him to fabricate these new anonymous accusations against Mr. Singer, which we will also prove to be completely false,” Marty Singer said.
“It is time for the media and public to focus their attention on Mr. Herman's nefarious motives and tactics which seem to be driven solely by his need to shake down an innocent man like Bryan Singer. We intend to seek sanctions against Mr. Herman for his reckless, unethical behavior,” he added.
Goddard's lawyer Alan Grodin also responded with a statement to the Daily Beast.
“It is a shame that the specious claim made by Herman in the Egan case has resulted in this new claim that we note is over 10 years old,” he said, adding that he and Goddard would fully respond to the latest suit when they had properly assessed it.
“For now we will say the claims are denied and Gary will vigorously defend.”
The latest suit was filed Saturday in federal court in Los Angeles.