Bryan Singer, Gary Goddard Face New Underage Sex Allegations

By Andrew Lopez
|  Tuesday, May 6, 2014  |  Updated 8:44 AM EDT
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Another sexual abuse lawsuit against film creators Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard was announced on Monday. The suit includes graphic descriptions of abuse alleged to have happened while the victim was a teenager. Kim Baldonado reports from Beverly Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014.

Another sexual abuse lawsuit against film creators Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard was announced on Monday. The suit includes graphic descriptions of abuse alleged to have happened while the victim was a teenager. Kim Baldonado reports from Beverly Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014.

A new lawsuit has been filed against “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer and producer Gary Goddard for the alleged sexual abuse of a United Kingdom teenager about one decade ago.

The allegations, made by an unidentified man dubbed “John Doe No. 117,” come just weeks after allegations that the Hollywood power players are part of a sex ring involving underage boys.

Attorney Jeff Herman, who filed the other lawsuits against Singer and Goddard, is representing Doe in the newest case.

“The allegations highlight the insidious nature of child sexual abuse, which forces victims to suffer in silence,” Herman said in a statement. “I am proud to give this brave young man a voice."

The newest lawsuit claims that Goddard and Singer contacted the alleged victim when he was 14 years old via social media and asked him if he wanted to be an actor. Goddard allegedly proceeded to tell the boy that he and Singer could help in launching his career, according to the complaint.

Goddard allegedly engaged in several sex acts with Doe, then between 14 and 17, including during a trip to London in which he allegedly supplied the teen with alcohol before having sex with him.

Singer allegedly brought Doe to the London premiere of “Superman,” and invited the teen to an after-party in his hotel suite. Singer allegedly bullied Doe into sexual acts, using a “large, musclebound” man to “smack” the teen around when he refused to comply with the director’s requests.

“He was groomed with literally love letters, with candy, with gifts,” Herman said.

Singer’s attorney previously called allegations in the other lawsuits as absurd and defamatory.
"It is obvious that plaintiff's attorney is not looking to litigate the case on its merits," Marty Singer, who is not related to Bryan Singer, wrote.

Michael Egan III sued Singer in April and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy after he claims he was abused starting when he was 15 years old.

Jody Armour is a professor with USC's Gould School of Law.  He says the defendants have a defamation of character case, only if the allegations are proven false.

"The truth is a defense to any defamation claim," Armour said.

Getting to the truth is difficult in these types of cases. Herman shared this email from Goddard to the boy with the subject line, "The closest thing I have to a naughty shot of you." The email includes a photo of the teen wearing only a towel around his waist.

Kim Baldonado contributed to this report.

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