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Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

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HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him.

Singer has sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed. He also wanted Egan to pay his attorney costs and fees.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied the request by Singer.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan was pleased with the ruling, said Vince Finaldi, an attorney in Irvine, California, who said he’s advising Egan but isn’t representing him legally. “He got everything he wanted.”

Finaldi said he can’t say what Egan will do next. “I’ve got to leave a little bit of cliff-hanger here,” he said.

Singer also was pleased, said one of his Los Angeles attorneys, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director.

“Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it’s dropped … is satisfactory,” Marty Singer said. “We’re pleased that it’s over.”

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated. An Aug. 19 court filing by Egan that the judge ordered unsealed on Wednesday said Egan claimed his previous attorneys withheld information from him.

Finaldi said Egan declined to accept a $100,000 settlement. “No. 1, the money wasn’t enough and No. 2, they were trying to shut him up,” Finaldi said.

Marty Singer said that settlement offer was proposed by Egan’s previous attorneys. Egan’s previous Hawaii attorney referred questions to an attorney in Florida, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

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HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer’s request, saying he didn’t prove that Egan’s voluntary dismissal would damage the director’s reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn’t constitute legal prejudice.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Singer’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer’s Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan’s lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

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HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer’s request, saying he didn’t prove that Egan’s voluntary dismissal would damage the director’s reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn’t constitute legal prejudice.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Singer’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer’s Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan’s lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

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HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer’s request, saying he didn’t prove that Egan’s voluntary dismissal would damage the director’s reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn’t constitute legal prejudice.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Singer’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer’s Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan’s lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

KDWN

HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer’s request, saying he didn’t prove that Egan’s voluntary dismissal would damage the director’s reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn’t constitute legal prejudice.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Singer’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer’s Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan’s lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

KDWN

HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer’s request, saying he didn’t prove that Egan’s voluntary dismissal case would damage the director’s reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn’t constitute legal prejudice.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Singer’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer’s Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan’s lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .