According to court documents obtained by The Wrap, Bryan Singer, director of the hit “X-Men” franchise, is accused of drugging, raping and using his power to manipulate a then-17-year-old male, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii this week. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Michael Egan — who was named in a press release sent out by his lawyers — says Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other things, when he was 17. The lawsuit alleges:
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.
Singer is denying the allegations, which his lawyer, Martin Singer (no relation), says are “completely without merit” and “an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’ s new movie is about to open in a few weeks.”
According to The Wrap, the abuse began in 1998, when Egan, a model and aspiring actor, was lured to an Encino, California, house known as the M & C Estate, the site of “notorious parties” frequented by adult men who prey on teenage boys. One of the men who allegedly lived at M & C Estate, former Digital Entertainment Network chairman Marc Collins-Rector, is accused of instigating the abuse and then arranging for Singer to assault Egan as well. The men are accused of using their power and influence in Hollywood to manipulate and threaten Egan’s career and family, and that he was plied with alcohol and drugs, often without his knowledge.
Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said he planned to file more lawsuits against Singer and others involved in the alleged parties.
“Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children,” Herman said. “This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”
Singer’s representatives, aside from his lawyer, have yet to comment on the allegations. [The Wrap]