Bryan Singer will probably be breathing a little easier today, as the charges in one of the two sex abuse lawsuits he’s facing have been dropped. His accuser dropped the suit and the charges have now been ‘dismissed with prejudice’ by the courts (meaning no other case can be filed against Singer based around these accusations)), according to THR.
The suit revolved around writer/producer Gary Goddard’s interactions with an anonymous young British man. Goddard is said to have first got to know the accuser via social media in 2003 when he was 14. Singer was brought into the suit as it’s alleged that thanks to Goddard, he ‘had sex with the plaintiff at a Superman after afterparty in a London hotel room when the plaintiff was 17… The boy resisted, the suit continues, 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. Singer then allegedly attempted to rape the plaintiff.’
The X-Men director always strenuously denied the claims, and also argued that it shouldn’t be heard in a US court anyway, as all the events alleged against him are said to have taken place in the UK. However the lawsuit says that ‘the California age of consent, 18, should apply because Singer and Goddard allegedly formulated their sexual plans regarding the teen while in California. In addition, the federal age, also 18, assertedly applies to travel from the U.S. for sexual purposes.’
Singer still faces another lawsuit brought by Michael Egan, who alleges Singer tried to rape him in Hawaii in the late 90s, amongst other underage sexual abuse accusation. However while Egan originally sued three other men – including Goddard – he has since dropped the suits against the others. The Singer suit remains, although many feel it has little chance of success.