Judge allows Bryan Singer rape accuser to drop lawsuit
X-Men director Bryan Singer was rocked by a lawsuit earlier this year when a man accused him of sexual abuse in Hawaii. However, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit can now be dismissed, People reports.
Michael Egan III stated in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that he could not find adequate legal representation.
Egan had been representing himself after his lawyer withdrew from the case in late July, claiming that relations with his client had "deteriorated."
While this may seem a favorable result for the X-Men: Days of Future Past director, it does not mean his legal troubles are over. Singer had sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it could not be refiled and that his attorney costs and fees would be the responsibility of Egan.
However, Judge Susan Oki Mollway ruled that the case could be dismissed "without prejudice" meaning Egan can refile at a later stage.
The judge also denied Singer's request for his attorney's fees and costs to be paid, 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, People reports.
Egan had originally accused Singer and several other Hollywood heavyweights of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when he was a minor at just 17 years old. However, Singer has denied the allegations.
"The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false," Singer previously said in a statement. "I do not want any of these claims to divert any attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Singer's legal representatives have not yet commented on the recent developments in the case.