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'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of sexual assault

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer is accused of 'manipulating his power and wealth' to sexually abuse an underage boy.
April 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
From "The Usual Suspects" to "Superman Returns" to the "X-Men" series, when it comes to Hollywood directors, Bryan Singer's name is definitely near the top. But his name is also at the top of a lawsuit that accuses him of sexually abusing an underage boy.

The suit was filed in Hawaii by actor and producer Michael F. Egan III, and the alleged abuse happened in Hawaii and California. He claims Singer "manipulated his power, wealth and position in the entertainment industry" to sexually abuse him over several years.

The sordid accusations also name Marc Collins-Rector, the former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network. Collins-Rector pleaded guilty in 2004 to sex crimes with minors and is a registered sex offender.

According to Egan's lawsuit, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 14 or 15 at the suggestion of his talent manager. During that time until he was 17, Singer, Collins-Rector and other men would ply him with drugs and alcohol then force Egan to perform oral sex.

Egan, who is now in his 30s, claims Singer promised him a role in an "X-Men" movie and supplied him with drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and Vicodin.

Egan's attorney, Jeff Herman, said in a statement that similar child abuse lawsuits will be rocking the film industry.

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

The director's attorney issued a statement Wednesday night, saying "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. It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks."

A new TV series produced by Singer, titled "Black Box," premieres on ABC next week.

Egan's attorney will be revealing more information in a news conference slated for Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Egan will also be present to speak to the media.


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