Matthew Fox is no longer facing a civil lawsuit in last summer’s party bus incident.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the suit — filed by alleged victim Heather Bormann, who said she was punched by the former “Lost” star multiple times when she refused to allow him on to a private party bus in Cleveland, Ohio — has been dropped by Bormann.
According to Cuyahoga County court records and as previously noted in Celebritology, the case had been stalled by the fact that Bormann’s attorney withdrew as counsel. Scheduled trial and pre-trial dates were cancelled following a hearing in April; the court delayed the case in order to give Bormann time to seek a new lawyer. (According to EW, Bormann’s previous attorney, J. Norman Stark, withdrew because she “intentionally failed and refused to provide full and timely cooperation and information,” and also did not reimburse the Ohio lawyer for out-of-pocket expenses.)
Police never arrested or charged Fox in the incident, which occurred last August. The evaporation of the civil suit comes at a timely moment for Fox, who was called a serial beater of women this week on Twitter by his former “Lost” co-star Dominic Monaghan. “He beats women. not isolated incidents,” Monaghan tweeted. “often.”
Following the media coverage blitz generated by Monaghan’s words — which the actor formerly known as Charlie Pace also said can not be construed as defamation because “it’s very difficult to sue someone for speaking the truth” — TMZ reported that sources close to Fox said he has never assaulted any women, adding that the actor was bewildered as to why Monaghan would say such a thing.
It’s unclear whether an out-of-court settlement was reached in the party bus civil suit. I’ve reached out to one of Fox’s attorneys for clarification and have not yet received a response. If and when I receive more information, I will update this post.