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Composer Danny Elfman Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

The latest in a series of lawsuits against musicians, famed composer Danny Elfman settled a sexual harassment claim in 2018.

According Rolling Stone, in November of 2017, pianist Nomi Abadi filed a police report accusing the former Oingo Boingo frontman of exposing himself and masturbating in her presence multiple times during 2015 and 2016. 

In July 0f 2018, Abadi and Elfman reportedly agreed to settle the claim for $830,000 to be paid in four installments over the course of five years. 

On Wednesday (7.19,) however, the plaintiff filed a breach of contract complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse, against the defendant for allegedly failing to make all of the settlement payments. 

Elfman, who created The Simpsons show theme, insisted that his relationship with Abadi was “platonic” and denied all accusations of misconduct, stating:

“It is excruciating to consider that a 50-year career may be destroyed in one news cycle as a result of vicious and wholly false allegations about sexual misconduct. Ms. Abadi’s allegations are simply not true.” “I have done nothing indecent or wrong, and my lawyers stand ready to prove with voluminous evidence that these accusations are false. This is the last I will say on this subject.” 

A spokesperson for the now 70-year old composer, who is married to actress Bridget Fonda, explained that Danny settled the claim as a reaction to the #MeToo movement. 

“When faced with threats from the other party to go public with untruths at the height of the #MeToo movement, (Elfman) faced the impossible choice between settling and continuing his career and earning a living for his family or deciding to fight what at the time was an unwinnable battle to tell the truth – Danny chose his family,” they commented.  The spokesperson also told Variety that the allegations in the breach of contract complaint are “baseless”. 

Addressing Elfman’s responses, Abadi’s lawyer Jeff Anderson told the outlet, “Elfman has said that his relationship to Nomi Abadi was platonic and consensual. His account is as bizarre as his conduct towards her was years ago. It was not platonic. It was bizarre.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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