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News broke today that director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is being accused of sexually abusing the then (1999), 17-year-old Michael F. Egan III, who waived his right to anonymity when filing charges Wednesday in Hawaii’s Federal court seeking unspecified damages. Click through for the available details.

In the suit, brought by Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman, Egan claims that in 1999, when he was only 17 years old, Singer forcibly sodomized him. The suit includes charges of battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion.

Herman, based in Boca Raton, Florida specializes in sexual abuse cases. He recently represented the a number of plaintiffs that accused Kevin Clash, the long time voice and puppeteer of Sesame Street‘s Elmo character. That case is still pending in Pennsylvania.

There is a press conference to discus the Singer charges scheduled for later today.

Marty Singer, Bryan Singer’s lawyer, had this response to the charges:

The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated.

The suit also mentions Marc Collins-Rector, a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2004 to luring minors across state lines for sexual acts, although he is not named as a defendant in this case. The documents do accuse him of initiating and facilitating the sexual abuse of Egan by Singer.

Egan alleges that Collins-Rector and others, including Singer, lured young men to a house known as the M & C Estate in Encino California to intoxicate and sexually assault the young men.

We’re about to go into some of the details of the charges, and those of you that don’t want to know that much about it should stop here.

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One of the encounters graphically detailed in the suit says:

Collins-Rector ordered Plaintiff out of the pool, and Defendant Singer hugged Plaintiff and grabbed his bare buttocks. They then went to the jacuzzi where Collins-Rector had Plaintiff sit on his lap and fondled Plaintiff’s genitals. Collins-Rector then passed Plaintiff to Defendant Singer and Plaintiff was made to sit on Defendant Singer’s lap. Defendant Singer provided an alcoholic beverage to Plaintiff and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing. Defendant Singer told Plaintiff how “this group” controls Hollywood, and that he was sexy. Defendant Singer masturbated Plaintiff and then performed oral sex upon him. Defendant Singer solicited Plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him which Plaintiff resisted. Defendant Singer flagrantly disregarded Plaintiff’s unwillingness to submit, and forced Plaintiff’s head underwater to make Plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When Plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, Defendant Singer demanded that he continue which Plaintiff refused. Defendant Singer then forced Plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized Plaintiff.

Egan also alleges that he was flown to Hawaii at least twice while still 17, where he was instructed to spend the first two nights in Singer’s room. He alleges that Singer forced him to do drugs, specifically cocaine, and then forced him to have oral and annal sex.

Egan’s suit claims that he never:

freely, voluntarily and knowingly consented to these sexual interactions, and often resisted them.

Egan’s lawyer when filing the suit said:

Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children. This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.

That statement leads me to believe that there will be more charges filed as the other young men involved decide to come forward. Whether any of them might make allegations against Singer is unknown at this point.

You might recall that several young men who were extras on the set of Bryan Singer’s 1997 Apt Pupil filed suit that they were forced to strip naked in a shower scene. That lawsuit was later dismissed after it was determined to be without merit by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

At the time, Apt Pupil‘s screenwriter Brandon Boyce said:

It’s an absolute smear job.

and that the plaintiffs were:

trying to blackmail people based on their sexuality.

It’s way to early to jump the gun either way, and basing your decision about Singer’s guilt or innocence on just the allegations would be wrong. These cases quickly get sensationalized by the press and the Internet, better for all concerned that the trial stay in the courtroom, and the facts determine the outcome.

How these charges could affect the release or box office returns of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is unclear.

Will these charges affect your attendance?

Via: Varity

Category: Film

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