"X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard are the targets of another lawsuit, filed by an anonymous British teenager who alleges they sexually assaulted him.
The suit is filed by Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who has filed four suits in the past two weeks. According to the Daily Beast, Herman intends to announce the suit at 2p.m. Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. According to the suit, Goddard used social media to contact the teen when he was 14, telling him he was good looking and that Goddard could help him in Hollywood.
"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 âneed to shake down an innocent man like Bryan Singer. We intend to seek sanctions against Mr. Herman for his âreckless, unethical behavior," he added.
Goddard's lawyer Alan Grodin also responded with a statement.
"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," said the attorney.
Previously, Michael Egan had filed a similar suit against Singer with Herman. Egan accused Singer of coercing him into sex in California and Hawaii in 1998 and 1999, with the abuse starting when Egan was 15.
Singer responded the the charges, denying them and calling them a "sick twisted shake down." Singer also backed out of all press for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to prevent the "fictitious claims" against him to divert from the film.
Egan also filed suits against TV execs Garth Ancier and David Neuman, accusing them of sexual assault. Ancier called the claims "vile" and denied them with a series of tweets.
"Thanks and gratitude to my friends, family and colleagues for your support this week. I wanted you all to hear from me personally and know that I intend to fight with every resource available this vile, unwarranted assault on my reputation. The intimidation tactics used in this transparent get-rich-quick scheme employ as their weapons of choice press conferences in tandem with frivolous lawsuits which shamelessly exploit homophobic fears and stereotypes," he wrote.