Attorney Representing Bryan Singer Accuser Is Dropping Client
But, according to a “memorandum of settlement” obtained by BuzzFeed, Singer agreed in June to settle the case for $100,000, with a provision binding the parties to confidentiality. The document appears to be signed by Singer, his attorney Martin Singer (no relation), and Jeff Herman, the attorney for the accuser.
But Michael Egan, the man suing Singer, did not sign the document, and told BuzzFeed that he never agreed to the settlement.
“This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place,” he said. “Being silenced goes completely against what I believe in and offers no protection for other vulnerable children.”
Egan verified the authenticity of the documents to BuzzFeed.
Egan's decision not accept the alleged settlement offer may have also played a role in the deteriorating relationship between him and his attorney Jeff Herman. Herman released a statement to BuzzFeed revealing that he's dropping Egan as a client.
"We are in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and have no further comment concerning his matters at this time. We cannot comment on any actual or purported documents that may or may not be or reflect privileged or confidential communications.”
As for why Singer would agree to the settlement, his attorney Martin Singer explains to BuzzFeed:
“Egan is the one who approached us,” he said. Because the sum amounted to significantly less than the millions it would likely have taken to fight the case, Martin Singer said, “from a business perspective we said we would consider” the settlement offer.
In May, Martin Singer filed a motion to have Egan’s suit dismissed; that case is still pending in federal court in Hawaii. He said he expects the motion to be decided in his client’s favor, after which they will sue Egan for malicious prosecution.
“Once we prevail, we intend to go after Mr. Egan,” he said.
Thoughts on these latest developments, Instincters?