Model drops case against X-Men director

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Copy of ND Michael Egan REUTERS Michael Egan at a news conference at a hotel in Los Angeles on April 21, 2014. Photo: Kevork Djansezian

London - A man who claimed he was sexually abused by Bryan Singer has applied to have the case dismissed.

The 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director was accused in April of preying on Michael F. Egan, now 31, at a Californian house party when he was just 15 years old after he was allegedly plied with drugs and alcohol and "taken advantage of", but now the model has made a legal bid to drop the case because he can't find a lawyer to represent him.

Michael - who previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents - filed a claim on Wednesday in Hawaii, asking for the case to be dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later, the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column reports.

He said in the documents: "[The motion to dismiss] has little to do with the strength of [Singer's] defence, but rather, it is a consequence of the current circumstances regarding my case, my lack of legal counsel, and my inability to proceed in this matter acting on my own behalf."

Meanwhile, lawyers acting for the director want the case dropped with prejudice, and for the accuser - whose legal representatives asked to be removed after their relationship with their client deteriorated - to be liable for costs and fees.

They argued: "By allowing Egan to walk away from this lawsuit now - without any consequences whatsoever - would be inherently prejudicial to Singer."

A judge denied a request by the accuser - who has previously dropped three other similar suits against entertainment industry figures - for a 180-day continuance of a hearing set for next month on Singer's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. - BANG Showbiz


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