It seems that Bryan Singer, and fans of his X-Men movies, can now release a collective sigh of relief. Yesterday, news emerged that the accusations made against the director by Michael Egan earlier this year have now been dropped by a Federal Court in Hawaii.
Four months ago, just before the release of Singer's [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), news emerged that Michael Egan had filed a lawsuit which claimed Singer had sexually abused him as a minor. The case, which was widely reported, led to Singer dropping out of the marketing campaign for Days of Future Past, while it also put question marks over whether he would also direct [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267).
According to Variety, a federal judge granted Egan's request for a voluntary dismissal, essentially meaning Egan himself elected not to go further with the lawsuit. He also dropped additional charges against TV executive Garth Ancier and Disney executive David Neuman.
Egan was forced to drop the case after his lawyer, Jeff Herman withdraw from the case, while an additional attorney Mark Gallagher also sought to remove himself after his relations with his client "deteriorated".
Indeed, Herman left the case shortly after a report appeared on Buzzfeed suggesting he and Singer's lawyer, Martin Singer, had agreed to settle the lawsuit for $100,000. However, according to the report, this figure was refused by Egan.
At the time, Singer and his lawyers suggested the lawsuit was simply an attempt to extort money from FOX prior to the release of Days of Future Past.
With this dark period behind him, I can imagine Singer is eager to get back to making movies.
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