The director of the forthcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was accused Wednesday of drugging and raping a teenage boy 15 years ago, CNN reports.
A civil suit filed in Hawaii district court alleges that Bryan Singer offered then 17-year-old Michael Egan a part in an “X-Men” movie if he had sex with him. The lawsuit alleges that Singer threatened to destroy Egan’s acting career if he did not comply. Singer also allegedly plied him with drugs and alcohol during wild, nude pool parties.
Singer directed “Usual Suspects,” the 2000 “X-Men” reboot, “X-Men 2” in 2003 and “Superman Returns” in 2006. “Days of Future Past” hits theaters one month after the lawsuit was filed.
The lawsuit claims that Singer threw sex parties in California where most of the abuse occurred, and also when Egan accompanied Singer on two trips to Hawaii between 1998 and 1999. Several other men and alleged instances of abuse are also named in the suit.
According to the complaint, 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.”
Egan is being represented by four high-profile lawyers who are attempting to widely publicize the case and have sent out a press release about the complaint, according to Gawker.
A rep for Singer said in a statement to CNN: “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” he said. “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.”