Well this is something no fan of the X-Men franchise wants to read today. Bryan Singer, best known for directing The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in a federal lawsuit.
It was filed Wednesday in Hawaii and accused Singer, 48, of coming on to the 15-year-old "aspiring actor" at a party. Some of the party-goers, which allegedly took place at an Encino, California mansion, reportedly gave underage boys drugs and alcohol and then sexually assaulted them.
The accuser, Michael Egan III, who is now in his 30s, will appear at a news conference on Thursday. He alleges he was forcibly sodomized by Singer when he was 15, after Singer promised him a role in a movie. He also accuses Singer of other sexual encounters when he was 15 and 16.
Goodness, what to make of this story!
No monetary figure was demanded, but apparently the suit states that the damage caused warrants some $75,000. Marty Singer, who's the lawyer for Bryan Singer, says, "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity," since X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out on May 23 and will surely make a crap ton of money.
"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," the statement added. "We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit."
The details of the lawsuit are sickening, with Singer allegedly forcing Egan's head underwater to perform oral sex on him after Egan initially refused. Singer also apparently told Egan that "this group" controls Hollywood after promising a role in an upcoming movie.
Granted, this suit is conveniently timed with the premiere of the newest X-Men movie, and that may already have people taking this with a grain of salt. But then again, what if what this teen (at the time) is saying was true? There would never be a “right time” to come out with this information regarding such a high-powered director.
You could also have a knee-jerk reaction that this man now in his 30s simply wants money fast and his 15 minutes, but perhaps that is the reason why so many victims are hesitant to come forward, especially against a celebrity. You have to agree that many of the power players in Hollywood continue to creep by unscathed and unpunished. Honestly, these people on a power trip, with millions of dollars, who are on top of the world, having drug-fueled orgies with underage boys ... it sadly wouldn't be all that shocking; they probably feel they are immune to any sort of consequence. If Michael's brave first step forward, if what he is alleging is true, is what needs to be done to right these egregious wrongs, then hopefully other victims will be inspired to tell their stories as well.
But now the question remains: It will be a while until we figure out the truth behind this lawsuit. Will it affect X-Men: Days of Future Past in the box office? Because that would be the only place it'd truly and quickly hurt Singer. We can only hope this whole sordid affair gets figured out quickly.
Do you think any of these sexual abuse allegations are true?
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