JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — X-Men director Bryan Singer has been sued by a man who claims he was sexually abused when he was 17 by the filmmaker.
According to TheWrap.com, the plaintiff, who is identified in the complaint as Michael Egan, claims he was flown to Hawaii and abused, on more than one occasion, by Singer in 1999. He further claims Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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 [X-Men: Days of Future Past] is about to open in a few weeks,” the attorney added.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.
Egan states that prior to the alleged Hawaii incidents, he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., home. Bryan Singer allegedly told the aspiring actor at one party that “the adults who resided in or frequented the M & C Estate controlled Hollywood and could decide whether Plaintiff’s career aspirations and hopes would be realized.”
The lawsuit claims a man who lived at the estate, former Digital Entertainment Network chairman Marc Collins-Rector, arranged for Singer to abuse the plaintiff. Collins-Rector is a registered sex offender; he pleaded guilty in 2004 to luring minors across state lines for sexual acts.
The lawsuit — which was filed in Hawaii and claims intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault, and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion — seeks unspecified damages.
The 48-year-old director’s past credits include X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie and Jack the Giant Slayer.
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