Bryan Singer, the director of the X-Men franchise—including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past—has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy, according to a lawsuit filed in Hawaii. As The Wrap reports:
“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being accused of drugging, raping, and using his power to exploit a teenage boy in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii, plaintiff Michael Egan, who was named in a press release by his lawyers, was 17 when he was forcibly sodomized by Singer, among other accusations.
The suit is alleging, amongst other things, that Singer flew the plaintiff Egan to Hawaii multiple times in the late '90s, where he allegedly proceeded to "anally rape" him at the Paul Mitchell estate, as well as provide him with drugs.
Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to the allegations and the suit: "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit...we are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit," he said. "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan' s new movie (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is about to open in a few weeks."
The Wrap acquired court documents that accuse Singer of raping Egan, as well as exploiting him and other underage boys in a major Hollywood sex ring for months:
Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.
The suit goes on to allege that the sex ring was at M & C Estate in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Encino in LA, and that Marc Collins-Rector—the former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network who was charged with transporting five minors across state lines for sex—also sexually abused him, and threatened him numerous times. Collins-Rector is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
As Jezebel points out, this isn't the first time that Singer has been sued for alleged misconduct around minors: In 1997, a 14-year-old extra from Apt Pupil accused Singer of forcing him and two other underage boys to get naked during a shower scene, but the case was later thrown out for insufficient evidence.
Read more from the court documents over at The Wrap, here.
[via The Wrap]