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Judge Lets Michael Egan Drop Lawsuit Against Bryan Singer

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FILE - In this Thursday, April 17, 2014 file photo, plaintiff Michael Egan III takes questions from the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. A sex abuse lawsuit by Egan, a former child model and aspiring actor accuses "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. Singer released a statement on Thursday, April 24, 2014, calling allegations by Egan that he sexually assaulted the underage aspiring actor and mod | ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU (AP) - A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new lawyer to represent him. Singer sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn't be re-filed, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied Singer's request, saying he didn't prove that Egan's voluntary dismissal would damage the director's reputation, and that the money spent defending himself doesn't constitute legal prejudice.

"Any alleged damage to defendant's reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of the action," her order said.

Singer's attorneys couldn't immediately be reached for com ment. An attorney who Egan has said is advising him, but is not legally representing him, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Egan's former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

One of Singer's Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan's lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified.


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