A second accuser has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against director Bryan Singer and entertainment executive Gary Goddard.
In the lawsuit, filed May 3 in Los Angeles Federal Court, an anonymous British man accuses Goddard of contacting him on social media in 2003 when he was 14, engaging in nude webcam sessions when he was 15, and having sex with him when he was 16.
When he was 17, the man claims in the lawsuit, Singer fondled him and tried to force him to have sex – bringing in a “large, muscle-bound man” to “smack [him] around” to try to get him to comply – at an after-afterparty in the director’s hotel suite following the 2006 U.K. premiere of Superman Returns.
The next day, the court papers allege, Singer contacted the teen and apologized for “last night.”
Singer and Goddard both vehemently deny the new allegations. The anonymous accuser is represented by attorney Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who recently filed sex abuse suits against Singer, Goddard and two other entertainment executives on behalf of Michael Egan, 31, who claims the men drugged and assaulted him when he was a teenager in California and Hawaii.
Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer (no relation to the director), maintains that the new allegations, like Egan’s, are false.
“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 in a statement.
“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,” the attorney said. “We intend to seek sanctions against Mr. Herman for his reckless, unethical behavior.”
Goddard’s attorneys, Alan Grodin and Paul Gaspari, also slammed the new lawsuit.
“Gary Goddard vehemently denies the extremely serious, false and defamatory allegations made against him. And it is a sad indictment on society that when spurious claims have been made in one suit – especially where compensation is sought – other similar claims may follow,” the statement says.
“Despite the extent of uninformed and damaging commentary on the matter in the media, the allegations have not been tested in any way, let alone through the judicial process,” the statement continues. “We will not dignify these outrageous claims with anything other than a vigorous denial on behalf of our client, and by confirming that they will be fiercely defended at any trial where Mr Goddard is entirely confident that he will be fully vindicated.”
Bryan Singer has dropped out of all press for his latest X-Men movie, out May 23. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past, he said in a statement on April 24. “I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is.”
• Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ and MARY GREEN