By L.A. Ross
Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have been named as defendants in three more lawsuits brought by Michael Egan, the former model and actor who last week filed a separate suit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse when he was a minor.
The additional lawsuits, all filed by lawyer Jeff Herman in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, build a picture of an alleged Hollywood underage sex ring of which Egan says he was a victim in the late 1990s.
Herman revealed the names at a news conference Monday afternoon in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
During the gathering, accuser Michael Egan's mother sat next to him and cried. "I'm very proud of him, very proud of him," Bonnie Mound said tearfully, referring to Michael's decision to go public with the allegations.
Meantime, Singer's lawyer, Marty Singer, vehemently denies the allegations against his client, which were filed without notice to the director on Wednesday. "The claims made today about Bryan Singer are completely fabricated," Marty Singer said in a statement following Herman and Egan's press conference Thursday, calling the suit "absurd and defamatory."
Herman fired back at the attorney's statements and actions in Monday's press conference.
"In this case it's interesting because immediately the case that I filed last week against Bryan Singer, his lawyer stated that the claims were fabricated," Herman said. "I find that to be an unusual statement for a lawyer, because as lawyers we are not witnesses to the events and to make a statement that claims are fabricated before he's taken a deposition, before he's looked at any evidence we have, is a bit surprising to me.
"But beyond that is that the statements were made that there will be a lawsuit filed against me and my client for malicious prosecution and for defamation. The reason that lawyers who represent defendants say that in my opinion is to chill other victims from coming forward. It's to scare and intimidate the plaintiff like Mike and lawyers."
The suits were all filed in federal court in Hawaii due to the state's temporary suspension of the statute of limitations in child sex abuse claims, which expires on Thursday. Much of the alleged abuse took place during two trips to Hawaii in 1999.
Egan had filed a suit in 2000 against Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, who supposedly lived at a mansion in California where Singer, and others attended parties where Egan and other underage boys were allegedly drugged, given alcohol, and passed around for sex with the older men.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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