Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman is denying allegations from a girl who accused him of sexual abuse from 1997 to 2002. He claims that the lawsuit was “maliciously filed” for the “objective of embarrassing him” with the purpose of extorting settlement cash.
In October, a 47-year-old lady in Maryland got here ahead with accusations towards Elfman that the Grammy winner groomed and assaulted her when she was a pupil on the New York Movie Academy. She sued Elfman, who was 47 on the time of the alleged incident, and his firm, Musica de la Muerta, in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom for sexual assault, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional misery, sexual harassment and negligence. The lawsuit from the Jane Doe plaintiff mirrored allegations from composer Nomi Abadi, who claimed in July that Elfman did not pay a part of a settlement reached in 2018 to resolve an identical case.
Elfman on Monday claimed that he “dedicated no sexual abuse, made no inappropriate advances and by no means inappropriately touched” his accuser.
“Recognizing that her absurd allegations would carry no weight in a court docket of legislation, Plaintiff and her attorneys selected to embark on a disinformation marketing campaign, offering her dishonest Grievance to the media days earlier than it was filed with the Courtroom or grew to become publicly obtainable on the Courtroom’s docket,” wrote Camille Vasquez, a lawyer for Elfman.
In response to sexual assault allegations, attorneys for the accused typically keep that their purchasers had been approached prematurely of a lawsuit being filed in an try and extort cash. Marty Singer, who represented Invoice Cosby in a lawsuit from Judy Huth, made an identical argument.
The criticism from Elfman’s accuser revolved round accusations that the composer “eliminated all of his clothes till he was fully nude and walked round nude in entrance of Plaintiff, exposing his genitals.” She stated Elfman advised her in 2002, “Each time you may have ever slept subsequent to me, I might masturbate subsequent to you.”
In accordance with the submitting, Elfman additionally claimed that the conduct alleged within the criticism “wouldn’t represent a sexual assault” even when it had been true. He argued, “Plaintiff’s Grievance particularly states that she was an grownup on the time of the alleged conduct. Nor does the Grievance allege a single occasion of Mr. Elfman touching Plaintiff in an illegal or inappropriate method, as a result of he by no means did so.”
Michael Reck, a lawyer for Elfman, didn’t instantly reply to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for remark.
Elfman most not too long ago appeared at The Hollywood Bowl in October as a part of Disney’s “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas in Live performance.”