Bryan Singer’s sexual abuse case has been dropped.
According to court documents filed in Hawaii, Michael F. Egan had his motion for voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit against the X-Men: Days of Future Past director, in which the 31-year-old man claimed he was sexually abused by the filmmaker as an aspiring teen actor, granted by a judge.
However, as part of the voluntary dismissal, a judge ruled on Wednesday, August 27, that Egan does have the opportunity to re-file the lawsuit at a later date.
Egan—who previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents—filed a claim last week in Hawaii, asking for the case to be dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later, because he could not find a lawyer.
Singer attempted to get the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning Egan wouldn’t be able to file at a later date, but US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied his request because she didn’t think the director’s reputation would be damaged as a result of the voluntary dismissal.
According to New York Post’s Page Six column, the judge’s order said: "Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action."
Singer was accused in April of preying on Egan at a Californian house party when he was just 15 years old after he was allegedly plied with drugs and alcohol and "taken advantage of."
Last week, a judge denied a request by the accuser—who has previously dropped three other similar suits against entertainment industry figures—for a 180-day continuance of a hearing set for next month on Singer’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.