The Wrap has obtained copies of federal court documents which reveal a lawsuit accusing Bryan Singer, director of many of the films in the X-Men franchise, Superman Returns, and others, of sexually abusing a seventeen year old boy.
More specifically, 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.
The suit also alleges the involvement of Marc Collins-Rector, former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, who plead guilty to eight charges of child enticement in 2004, admitting to luring five minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Collins-Rector is said to have introduced Singer to the plaintiff, Michael Egan, in 1998 (Egan was seventeen). This began, according to the suit, a period during which Egan was coerced, with promises of realizing his career aspirations as an actor and model, threatened with harm to his person and family, and drugged into performing sexual acts on Singer and enduring acts performed on him.
Egan is represented by Jeff Herman, who previously represented five plaintiffs accusing Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse. Singer’s attourney called the suit “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.”
Singer himself has not, as yet, made public comment about the accusations.
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