Bryan Singer is just one of four “Hollywood types” targeted in sex abuse lawsuits involving teens according to attorney Jeff Herman, who made it clear that the other three would be made public in the near future.
Michael Egan, now 31, told a press conference that Singer treated him like a piece of meat when Egan was only 15, and that the director had promised him a role in an “X-Men” film if he gave in to his sexual demands, refusal meant that Singer would systematically destroy Egan’s hopes of ever becoming an actor, Egan said.
Singer’s representative said the accusations were “completely without merit.” “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. It’s 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,” the representative said.
Singer has had a string of successful movies in the past years with two instalments of the “X-Men” film franchise and a Superman movie. The directors next flick, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is set to hit the big screen on May 23 2014. Fox studio, distributing the X-Men movies, issued a statement regarding the latest allegations against Singer.
“These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”
The alleged incidents detailed in Egan’s suit took place in 1998 and 99 with most of the sexual abuse taking place at parties in a California mansion, while other incidents supposedly happened during two trips to Hawaii.
In Egan’s lawsuit it says that Singer manipulated his power, wealth and position in the entertainment industry to sexually exploit the underage plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats and inducements, which resulted in Egan suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries.
Egan and two other young men successfully sued another “Hollywood type” in 2004 and walked off with a combined $4 million.
Herman said he has been working for six months to uncover teen sex abuse cases in Hollywood, some more recent than Egan’s: “We suspect these things are still going on in Hollywood,” he said.
He said it was a silent conspiracy that “goes from the bottom to the top of Hollywood” with studios looking the other way. “It’s the worst kept secret around, because it has been going on for years in Hollywood,” Herman said.