Judge Lets X-Men Director Accuser Drop Lawsuit
A judge has ruled that a former child model who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sex abuse can drop his lawsuit.
Michael Egan III said he wanted to dismiss the case because he could not find a new lawyer to represent him.
Singer has sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it could not be re-filed. He also wanted Egan to pay his legal costs and fees.
US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied the request by Singer.
"Any alleged damage to defendant's reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of the action," her order said.
Mr Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.
Mr Egan was pleased with the ruling, said Vince Finaldi, an attorney in Irvine, California, who said he was advising him but not representing him legally.
"He got everything he wanted," he said.
Mr Finaldi said he could not say what Mr Egan would do next: "I've got to leave a little bit of cliff-hanger here."
Singer was also pleased, said one of his Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director.
"Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it's dropped ... is satisfactory," Mr Singer said.
"We're pleased that it's over."
Mr Finaldi said Mr Egan declined to accept a $100,000 (£60,000) settlement: "Number 1, the money wasn't enough and Number 2, they were trying to shut him up."
Mr Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.