One of the four lawsuits filed by Michael Egan alleging sexual abuse by top Hollywood figures has been dropped. Variety reports that a notice of dismissal was filed Wednesday in federal court in the suit against former Disney TV executive David Neuman.
"No reason was given, but Neuman’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss last month in which they not only denied the allegations as false, but included 2003 testimony from Egan in which he said back then that Neuman 'never acted improperly around me or toward me.' Egan also said that Neuman was not present when he was involved in any sexual conduct," the story reports.
Egan has also filed suit against Gary Goddard, Bryan Singer and Garth Ancier, as we reported previously.
"Egan was among the plaintiffs in a 2000 lawsuit against Marc-Collins Rector, Chad Shockley and Brock Pierce, the founders of Digital Entertainment Network, for which they won a multi-million dollar judgment. Neuman was an executive at DEN, an Internet startup that went bust in the dotcom crash of 2000," Variety notes.
The other defendants named by Egan in the sex abuse lawsuits have also filed their own motions to dismiss the suits. "They also contend that they were not in Hawaii when the sexual misconduct allegedly took place in the late 1990s. A hearing on the motions is scheduled for July 28," the report notes.
The story adds: "Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, filed a dismissal of the case without prejudice, meaning that they reserved the right to file a new claim."
Patricia Glaser, counsel for Neuman, released a statement Wednesday night saying:
“This evening the completely unfounded and 100% false charges against our client David A. Neuman, were dismissed. Today’s news affirms to everyone that David Neuman’s fine reputation deserves to stand strong and was attacked with no merit.
"In as much as we celebrate the truth this evening, we will hold accountable those who wrongly created the hurt and damage by making outrageous, untruthful assertions that cannot be undone.
"We question seriously the underlying prejudices and motives in targeting David Neuman with this groundless and defamatory action.
"Today’s dismissal exposes this despicable lawsuit for what it really was: an unethical smearing and failed shakedown of a completely innocent man.”