X-Men director Bryan Singer sued in second teen sex abuse case
Published on May 6, 2014 7:23 AM
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A British man who accuses X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager was spurred to bring a lawsuit against the filmmaker after Singer was sued by another man on similar allegations, the plaintiff's lawyer said on Monday.
The lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles said that Singer, 48, and entertainment industry executive Gary Goddard, 59, coerced the British man into sex acts as a minor with the promise of helping him in an acting career. The man was not identified in court papers.
This is the second lawsuit naming Singer ahead of the May 23 release of his film X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is expected to be one of the year's top grossing movies.
Singer's lawyer has called the allegations in both lawsuits false and fabrications, and a bid to win money from the director behind other films in the X-Men superhero franchise. A lawyer for Goddard also denied the allegations, calling them spurious.
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