X-Men director Bryan Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, has asked U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson to toss a sex abuse lawsuit filed anonymously by a British citizen, identified only as John Doe No. 117, Reuters reports. The plaintiff had accused the director of sexually abusing him as a minor.
Singer’s lawyer also asked that John Doe No. 117 pay $300,000 for the director’s expected legal fees.
In addition to Singer, the John Doe lawsuit names entertainment industry executive Gary Goddard as a defendant. Goddard asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed in June.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit was filed in May by attorney Jeffrey Herman, who previously filed suits against Singer and three others on behalf of Michael Egan III. Egan accused Singer of sexually abusing him as a minor. Goddard is one of the three others named in the lawsuit.
In April, Singer slammed the allegations against as “outrageous, vicious and completely false.”
“I do not want these fictitious claims to divert any attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the director said in a statement obtained by the New York Daily News.