Amy Berg Already Working on Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc That Could Include Bryan Singer Claims

By April 21, 2014
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It seems safe to assume that the recent claims of sex abuse leveled against director Bryan Singer are not going to calm down any time soon – and that’s not just because accuser and alleged victim Michael Egan has promised to reveal still more names of alleged abusers later this week – as The Daily Mail reveals that a documentary that centers on these same types of crime (and one that could feature Singer) has been in the works for years now.

The outlet reports (via /Film) that documentarian Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis) has been working on the project for two years now, and her production company, Disarming Films, recently reached out to Egan to speak to him about his story – weeks before Egan took his claims against Singer public.

Berg “seemed surprised that Michael, 31, went going public with his claims this week after filing a damning lawsuit against Singer, 48.”

Bryan Singer

The outlet also reveals:

A source close to Egan told MailOnline they had been approached by the film company, saying: ‘Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles.

They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew.

The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this.

‘I was close to Michael, but he didn’t confess any of this to me until 2012. I don’t know the specifics, what the person’s name was, I just knew that one of his close friends was in that whole scene with him.’

The source, who didn’t want to be named, added: ‘Michael has lots of psychological issues, he’s a messed up person. He told me all of his issues were down to this.’

When reached by the outlet, Berg would only say that she has been working on this film for the last two years and would not comment on the Singer situation and if it will be included in her feature.

Berg is an experienced documentarian who has long worked on features that involve issues of social justice, true crime, and heartbreaking aftermaths. Deliver Us From Evil, which focused on the sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church, was nominated for an Oscar back in 2006. Her most recent doc, West of Memphis, chronicled the story of the West Memphis Three and premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it arrived with a series of bombshell interviews, some of which had been filmed just days before it hit the festival. She’s a natural fit to make such a film, and we expect to hear much more about this new doc in the coming days.

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