Composer Danny Elfman sued over alleged sexual harassment settlement: report

Elfman, composer of ‘The Simpsons’ theme and ‘Spider-Man’, reportedly settled sexual harassment allegations by a fellow composer for $830,000 five years ago; he is now being sued for breach of contract

Updated - July 20, 2023 04:00 pm IST

Published - July 20, 2023 03:10 pm IST

Composer Danny Elfman attends Disneys ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ premiere in 2016

Composer Danny Elfman attends Disneys ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ premiere in 2016 | Photo Credit: Charley Gallay

Renowned film and television composer Danny Elfman is being sued for breach of contract for failing to make settlement payments over sexual harassment allegations by a fellow composer, a report in Rolling Stone claims.

Elfman, 70, has scored iconic films like Batman (1989), Darkman (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Mission: Impossible (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), Spider-Man (2002) and many more. He is also known for composing the themes of The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives on television.

According to Rolling Stone’s report, Elfman was accused by a former friend and fellow composer of multiple instances of sexual misconduct. He later entered into a settlement and nondisclosure deal with her that went unreported in the press. Now, however, the 35-year-old complainant, Nomi Abadi, is suing Elfman for failing to completely pay the $830,000 settlement amount. The parties had reportedly signed the agreement five years ago.

Rolling Stone claimed to have accessed court documents and police records pertaining to the case. According to the publication’s findings, Abadi, in 2017, had approached the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with allegations against Elfman categorized as ‘indecent exposure’. Elfman had, over the course of nearly a year, allegedly ‘exposed himself and masturbated multiple times in front of her without her consent’, Abadi had reportedly told the police.

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