X-Men director Bryan Singer was hit with another sexual assault lawsuit, filed by Jeff Herman, the same lawyer representing the man who made similar claims in April. A British “John Doe” accuses Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard (Jekyll & Hyde) of sexual assault when he was still a teenager. Singer, who’s denied all charges, says he is the victim of a “sick, twisted shakedown,” but the accusations have cast an uncomfortable pall over the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens May 23.
According to the Daily Beast, the new lawsuit claims that Goddard met the Plaintiff on the Internet when he was only 14. The online relationship included the exchange of nude photos and explicit videos, and when Goddard and Singer visited London for the Superman Returns premiere, he claims a sexual assault took place at an after-party.
Lawyers for both Goddard and Singer denied the new charges. Herman has an afternoon press conference scheduled for Monday in Los Angeles.