Out Director Bryan Singer Denies Allegation of Raping Teen
Bryan Singer, the openly gay director of the "X-Men" films, denies allegations made in a lawsuit that he raped a 17-year-old boy and forced him to do drugs in 1999, Pink News reports.
Singer is accused of forcing Michael Egan III, who was an aspiring actor, into having sex with him at parties in California and Hawaii in the late ’90s when Egan was 17, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii.
Attorney Marty Singer said the suit is "absurd and defamatory."
"We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated," Marty Singer said, according to Pink News. "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."
Bryan Singer, 48, is the director of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
According to the suit documents, the director "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."
The lawsuit goes on to say: "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."
Egan is seeking more than $75,000 in damages for the four charges, including battery, assault, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.