Remember when everyone was freaking out about Bryan Singer, and more specifically Hollywood’s turn-a-blind-eye attitude towards predatory teenage sex?
Yeah, we barely can either.
But new information suggests that we won’t be hearing much about it in the near future either.
According to documents obtained by Buzzfeed, Michael Egan, the man accusing Singer of sexual abuse circa 1999, turned down a $100,000 settlement offer from camp Singer.
He told Buzzfeed:
“This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place. Being silenced goes completely against what I believe in and offers no protection for other vulnerable children.”
Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman, however, isn’t going to stick around for the fight.
He’s in the process of filing papers to drop Egan as a client.
What is left unanswered is why Singer was amenable to a settlement — his lawyer claims it’s a “business decision” to offset the millions it will cost to try the case in court, but who can really say?
One thing is clear, though. At the end of the day it will be Egan who winds up in a legal stew. You can bet Singer isn’t skimping on the legal bills, and now Egan is left to fend for himself.
Singer’s lawyer has already filed motions to dismiss the charges, and if successful, plans to go on the offensive agains Egan immediately thereafter and sue for malicious prosecution.
We don’t want to play jury here, but it does certainly seem like Egan’s chances have been squashed.
A second document shows evidence that the other accuser Herman was representing in similar charges agains Singer, a young British actor referred to as “John Doe 117,” was offered the same deal and accepted. That case has been dismissed voluntarily by the plaintiff.
Full story and referenced documents at Buzzfeed