Bryan Callen seeks to drop swimsuit towards accuser’s husband Gabriel Tigerman

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Bryan Callen has deserted his quest to sue the husband of a lady who says the comic raped her.

On Monday, Callen’s lawyer filed a request asking the Los Angeles Superior Court docket to dismiss Callen’s lawsuit towards Gabriel Tigerman, whose spouse, Katherine Fiore Tigerman, claims that Callen sexually assaulted her in 1999. Fiore Tigerman was certainly one of 4 girls who described Callen’s alleged misconduct in a July 2020 Occasions investigation; the stand-up comedian adamantly denied all of their accounts.

Lower than two months after The Occasions story was revealed, Callen launched a authorized effort to hunt unspecified damages from Gabriel Tigerman, who Callen claimed supposed “to have Mr. Callen blacklisted, destitute, [and] by no means to work once more,” in keeping with his September 2020 criticism.

Callen argued that Tigerman had launched into an “ongoing marketing campaign to destroy [the comic’s] livelihood” by reaching out by way of e mail and Twitter to comedy golf equipment who deliberate to host Callen. On Sept. 14, Tigerman tweeted that any venue that booked Callen was “sending the very clear message that [they] assist sexual abusers and don’t consider victims.”

In response to Callen’s lawsuit, in November 2020 Tigerman’s lawyer filed an anti-SLAPP movement. Anti-SLAPP legal guidelines — SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Towards Public Participation” — are designed to guard towards meritless lawsuits that chill the train of First Modification rights.

In California, anti-SLAPP statutes permit the potential for early lawsuit dismissal and, if profitable on this case, would have required Callen to pay Tigerman’s authorized charges. (Tigerman raised $33,300 for such charges on GoFundMe.)

Katherine Fiore Tigerman, seen here in July 2020, claims that Bryan Callen raped her in 1999.

Katherine Fiore Tigerman, seen right here in July 2020, claims that Bryan Callen raped her in 1999.

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Occasions)

In January, Decide Monica Bachner issued a tentative ruling in Tigerman’s favor, stating that Callen “didn’t meet his burden of demonstrating a likelihood of prevailing on his declare.”

“[Callen’s] criticism is predicated on [Tigerman’s] private and non-private communications with [Callen’s] brokers and performing venues relating to revealed allegations of sexual assault towards [Callen] and subsequently represent conduct in furtherance of the train of the constitutional proper of free speech in reference to ‘a difficulty of public curiosity,’” Bachner wrote, including that Callen had “no proof suggesting that absent [Tigerman’s] communications, the venues and companies wouldn’t have cancelled his contracts.”

Following final summer time’s Occasions investigation, Callen was dropped by his expertise representatives on the Inventive Artists Company and Modern Artists in August. A Netflix prank present he was set to make with Chris D’Elia was scrapped a month prior, shortly after D’Elia himself was accused of sexual misconduct.

In the meantime, Callen mentioned he was compelled to go away his Kast Media podcast “The Fighter and the Child,” which he co-hosted with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, as a result of advertisers would not assist a program he was part of. He has since taken to Patreon to launch his personal podcast content material for $5 a month. On his web site, Callen at present has upcoming stand-up tour dates listed in Des Moines, Phoenix, Tampa and San Antonio.

Following Decide Bachner’s tentative ruling, Callen and Tigerman got here to an out-of-court settlement in March. Tigerman’s lawyer, Alex Little, mentioned his shopper “didn’t pay any cash” to settle the case and was “extraordinarily happy” with the results of the “absurd and malicious lawsuit [that] was a determined try to silence the courageous survivors and advocates who spoke out towards him.”

Callen’s lawyer, Jesse B. Levin, didn’t reply to a request for remark.

In a press release, Gabriel Tigerman — an actor who has appeared on tv reveals akin to “Silicon Valley” and “Supernatural” — vowed to talk out towards Callen “till girls are protected from him.”

“With this dismissal, survivors and their advocates ought to really feel assured that they will converse the reality, with out concern of retribution, even when their abusers have energy and cash,” Tigerman mentioned. “With all that’s publicly recognized now, anybody who nonetheless hires Callen sends a transparent message that they don’t care about defending girls from this serial sexual predator.”

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