Bryan Singer accused of sexual assault
Writer: Dzamira Dzafri
Bryan Singer facing a lawsuit in the midst of "X-Men" promotions
19 Apr – "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director and producer Bryan Singer is currently being accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in Hawaii back in 1999.
The report of the charges by accuser Michael Egan, now 31-years-old, included, "The plaintiff, Michael Egan, claims he was 17 when Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other allegations. Egan's lawyers, led by Jeff Herman, allege that Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion in 1999."
Bryan Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, called the lawsuit "absurd and defamatory". He also mentioned that, "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated."
Sources close to Singer claimed that the director was not in Hawaii during that period, as he was in Toronto shooting the first "X-Men" movie.
Bryan Singer with "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman at earlier promotions of the film.
Though heavily denying the accusation, Singer will be skipping a planned appearance at this weekend's WonderCon event in Anaheim promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past" as well as the film's entire promo tour with the cast currently taking place worldwide. There are also reports that Singer's name is being removed from commercials for the new TV series "Black Box" which he produced, according to Deadline.
This is not the first time such allegations have been made against Brian Singer. In 1997, a 14-year-old movie extra filed a lawsuit against Singer, claiming that the director and others "ordered him and other minors to strip for a scene that was shot in the showers of a school locker room."
"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" opens in cinemas this 22 May 2014.
Cinema Online, 19 April 2014