Renowned composer Danny Elfman faces yet another lawsuit as a second woman accuses him of sexual misconduct. The new plaintiff, referred to as Jane Doe XX, filed the suit in Los Angeles superior court, claiming that Elfman exposed himself and masturbated in front of her while she slept. This incident allegedly occurred in 1997 when she was a student at the New York Film Academy.
According to the lawsuit, Elfman used his power in the industry to “groom” the young woman into accepting behavior that made her uncomfortable. He would routinely strip naked in her presence, and eventually began sleeping in the same bed with her. The suit states that Elfman admitted to masturbating while she slept, which led to the end of their friendship.
Elfman’s spokesperson promptly denied these allegations, calling them “baseless and absurd.” This suit comes just three months after Elfman settled a previous lawsuit by paying $830,000 in compensation. The previous accuser, Nomi Abadi, also made similar allegations against Elfman in a 2017 police report.
It is worth noting that Elfman is widely recognized for his musical scores, particularly for movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman. In fact, he is set to be honored at a 30th anniversary concert for The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl.
The new lawsuit against Elfman was filed under a “window law,” which allows victims of sexual crimes to circumvent the statute of limitations and file legal complaints within a limited timeframe. This law has provided a mechanism for those who have suffered sexual misconduct to seek justice, even years after the incidents occurred.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the entertainment industry will closely follow this case, considering the prominence of Danny Elfman’s work and his previous settlement. These allegations shed light on the challenges faced by individuals who encounter such misconduct in the industry, reminding us that even talented individuals can be subject to scrutiny and legal consequences.
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