Broadway producer Gary Goddard has filed a motion to have a new sex abuse lawsuit dismissed.
The entertainment executive was hit with legal papers last month (May14) from an anonymous British plaintiff, who claims he was first contacted by Goddard via social media in 2003, when he was 14, and their relationship allegedly escalated to sex when he was 16.
Goddard was also sued in a separate lawsuit in April (14) by Michael Egan, who accused him of sexually assaulting him in 1999 when he was a teenager. Goddard denied the claims and filed for the lawsuit to be dismissed in May (14).
On Thursday (19Jun14), the producer moved to end the second case by filing a motion at a court in California asking for the anonymous plaintiff's lawsuit to be dismissed, alleging his accuser filed suit to latch onto the publicity surrounding the Egan case.
According to TheWrap.com, a memorandum in support of his motion reads, "The reason why Plaintiff did not file suit until 2014, more than eight years after the last act of alleged sexual activity, is transparent: there was no, and never has been any, misconduct by Mr. Goddard. Indeed, it was not until a widely publicised press conference by another plaintiff... who shamelessly made demonstrably false sexual conduct against four Hollywood executives, including Mr. Goddard, that Plaintiff decided he would tag along for the ride."