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X-Men director Bryan Singer asks court to toss sex abuse lawsuit

Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:52 AM
 
Director Bryan Singer arrives at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014. "X-Men" director Singer on Thursday asked a judge in Los Angeles to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an anonymous British man accusing the filmmaker and an entertainment executive of sexually abusing him as a minor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - X-Men director Bryan Singer on Thursday asked a judge in Los Angeles to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an anonymous British man accusing the filmmaker and an entertainment executive of sexually abusing him as a minor.

Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, asked US District Judge Dean Pregerson to throw out the suit filed in May, saying that it was improperly filed anonymously by a British citizen, who was identified in court papers as John Doe No. 117.

Singer, 48, also demanded in court that the plaintiff pay US$300,000 (S$374,229) for Singer's expected legal fees.

The lawsuit filed by prominent child sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman, accuses Singer and entertainment industry executive Gary Goddard, 60, of coercing the British man into sex acts as a minor with the promise of helping him in an acting career.

 
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