Bryan Singer, director and producer of several "X-Men" films, including the upcoming movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is accused of raping and drugging a teenage boy in the 1990s, according to a recent lawsuit, while his lawyer says the claims are "completely without merit."
The suit was filed in a federal court in Hawaii on Wednesday. The accuser, Michael Egan, claims Singer, 48, "manipulated his power, wealth and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit" him and that he suffered "catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries" as a result.
" The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," Singer's spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com. " 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."
Singer directed the first two "X-Men" movies as well as "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the second film in a new prequel series that is set to hit theaters on May 23. A new trailer for it was released this week. Singer also served as a producer for the film, as well as for "X-Men 2" and "X-Men: First Class" and television shows such as "Dirty Sexy Money" and "House M.D."
Egan, who is from Nevada, says that he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career as a teenager. He said he was signed to an online entertainment business called Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) and that one of its executives, Marc Collins-Rector -- who registered as a sex offender in 2004, co-hosted "notorious parties" at a house for the actors and investors, which included Singer. Egan, still a teen at the time, engaged in sexual acts with "adult males" there, but never consented to them.
"He was advised that those adult males controlled Hollywood and would destroy his hopes and dreams of an acting career if he did not keep them happy," the lawsuit states. "They threatened to 'eliminate' him and his family, and told him that they were monitoring not only his phone, but those of his family members, and asserted he would be '"destroyed' if he ever disclosed the unconscionable activities that occurred at the Estate ... Singer was present for, and participated in, several of these threatening communications."
Egan says that during one occasion, Singer gave him an alcoholic drink, "mentioned fining a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing," told him "how 'this group' controls Hollywood and that he was sexy" and engaged in sexual acts with him. He said he later refused to continue and that Singer then raped him.
Egan says the director later "visited the estate regularly" and "continued to sexually assault" and "rape" him there and at other places, including on two trip to Hawaii when he was 17. He adds that during the visits, Singer also provided him with alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, Xanax, Rohypnol and pain pills.
Egan is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. He and his attorney plan to hold a press conference on Thursday in Los Angeles.