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Danny Elfman is sued for defamation by a sexual misconduct accuser

Danny Elfman is sued for defamation by a sexual misconduct accuser

Danny Elfman has reportedly been sued for defamation by one of his sexual misconduct accusers.

The musician and composer was arrested on Wednesday (10 July) for his comments to Rolling Stone These were contained in an article last year about a settlement he reached with Los Angeles composer Nomi Abadi after she made allegations of repeated sexual harassment and misconduct against her.

Abadi’s lawsuit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Elfman “spread appalling lies about Nomi and gave them to Rolling Stone for publication.” It also claims that the alleged lies by Elfman and his representatives – who claimed he was not sexually abusive toward Abadi – allegedly portrayed Abadi as a “failed seductress who lied about him out of vengeance and greed” (according to Rolling Stone).

“Defendant Elfman lied about Nomi, calling her a spurned woman who wanted to destroy his marriage and someone who initiated the nude photography,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of the defamation by Elfman and his representatives, Nomi was humiliated both personally and professionally within their mutual composing industry and online, and her professional reputation and career as a composer, musician and educator were damaged.”

Last year, Abadi previously accused Elfman of exposing herself and harassing her in 2017 before agreeing to an $830,000 (£645,000) settlement to silence the allegations. Abadi filed a breach of contract lawsuit in July, claiming Elfman missed several payments related to the settlement.

Danny Elfman performs at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 3, 2023 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
Danny Elfman performs at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 3, 2023 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

In a statement to Rolling StoneA representative for Elfman denied all allegations. “The allegations of misconduct against Mr. Elfman are baseless and absurd,” the representative said. “His legal team is evaluating all options and he will vigorously defend these allegations in court.”

Three months after Abadi’s first complaint, a second woman came forward and accused the Beetlejuice for sexual misconduct. The suit, filed anonymously by a Jane Doe accuser in Los Angeles, alleged that Elfman frequently exposed himself to her and allegedly told her that he masturbated next to her while she slept and that he could not consent to the act. A representative for Elfman has denied the allegations.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents both Abadi and the Jane Doe accuser, told the outlet, “It’s important for this Jane Doe that Nomi knows that she is no longer alone, that what Elfman did to her is in many ways similar to what was done to Nomi.”

Anderson added that the prosecutor in the Jane Doe case spoke out to send a message to those who “have made efforts to destroy the lives of others who have had the courage to speak out.”

In response to Abadi’s previous allegations, Elfman said they were “malicious and completely false,” adding: “I have done nothing improper or wrong, and my lawyers stand ready to prove with ample evidence that these allegations are false.”

Elfman’s representative also claimed that the agreement with Abadi was reached because his client was faced with an “impossible choice”: “Either he would continue his career and earn a living for his family or he would fight the battle for the truth, which at the time seemed hopeless.”

Abadi’s lawyer then stated that the comments were “directly contrary to his position in the underlying dispute and the evidence at hand.”

In other news, Elfman is scheduled to appear at the Hollywood Bowl, where he will reprise his role as Jack Skellington for the Bowl’s The nightmare before Christmas show.