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HOW FAR WILL SEX-ABUSE CASE AGAINST HOLLYWOOD EXECS REACH?

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood was waiting for the other shoe to drop following Florida attorney Jeff Herman’s announcement on Friday that he intends to file three sexual-abuse lawsuits against film executives in addition to the one against X-Men writer/director Bryan Singer. Herman, who specializes in such high-profile sexual-abuse cases — he represented the plaintiffs in the case against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, among others — told the Hollywood Reporter that he has been hearing from other potential plaintiffs since filing the lawsuit against Singer on behalf of Michael Egan and is planning to examine their allegations. However, Herman has acknowledged that California’s statute of limitations may hinder his ability to act on their behalf. The case against Singer is a different matter, however, inasmuch as, according to Herman, some of the alleged acts took place in Hawaii where a law has been enacted that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex-abuse cases. On Saturday, Bryan Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer (no relation) maintained that he can present evidence that his client was never in Hawaii during the time that the alleged incidents took place and was in fact mostly in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie at the time. “We also have over a hundred witnesses who can testify that my client was shooting a movie, and was not on Hawaii,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. Referring to Herman’s claim that he has witnesses who will place Singer in Hawaii at the time, Singer maintained, “We also have over a hundred witnesses who can testify that my client was shooting a movie, and was not on Hawaii.”