Danny Elfman Sued for Failure to Pay Alleged Sexual Harassment Settlement

Composer Nomi Abadi claims to be missing payments from the 2018 settlement over her misconduct allegations, which Elfman calls "vicious and wholly false"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jul 20, 2023

Danny Elfman has been sued by fellow composer Nomi Abadi for reportedly failing to pay two instalments of $42,500 USD from a $830,000 settlement of sexual harassment accusations, Rolling Stone reports.

Abadi filed a breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday (July 19) regarding the settlement and nondisclosure agreement she and Elfman had reached in 2018. The suit claims that the renowned film scorer failed to pay the instalments in July 2019 and 2021, and Abadi is seeking injunctive relief for the missing $85,000.

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As per the report, the settlement came about after Abadi accused Elfman of multiple instances of sexual harassment over the course of a year after they initially met in 2015, alleging that he exposed himself and masturbated in front of her without her consent on multiple occasions. She allegedly filed a police report in 2017 (which the LAPD has now reportedly been unable to locate) with allegations the police classified as "indecent exposure."

Elfman has denied the allegations. "How do I respond to accusations so serious that being innocent is not a valid defense? 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," he said in a statement to Rolling Stone.

Elfman continued:

Ms. Abadi's allegations are simply not true. I allowed someone to get close to me without knowing that I was her "childhood crush" and that her intention was to break up my marriage and replace my wife. When this person realized that I wanted distance from her, she made it clear that I would pay for having rejected her. I allowed an ill-advised friendship to have far-reaching consequences, and that error in judgment is entirely my fault. 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 representative for Elfman went on to say that that the original settlement was a response to the #MeToo movement, claiming he and Adabi's "limited interactions, which did not involve sexual contact, were fully consensual."

Abadi reportedly declined the publication's request for comment. Her attorney Jeff Anderson said in a statement, "It is ironic that Mr. Elfman's current statements are directly contrary to the position he maintained in the underlying dispute and to the evidentiary record." 

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