Update: The lawsuit has been dropped. I’ve since deleted the majority of the descriptions of the allegations. Original article follows.
My heart sank tonight when I saw a story from The Wrap that describes in great detail a lawsuit that has been filed against X-Men director Bryan Singer which accuses him of sexually abusing an underage boy. If you’ve been coming to this site for the past year or so, you’ll know that we don’t normally cover tabloid nonsense. But this is a far bigger story than just Miley Cyrus getting busted smoking weed or Justin Bieber drag racing through Miami: these accusations are extremely serious, and as much as I don’t want this story to be true (and I don’t know if it is at this point), I feel like it’s part of my job to pass this information along to you. Please keep in mind that as of now, these are just accusations and nothing has been proven. Singer’s lawyers have already gone on the record calling these claims “absurd and defamatory,” but if this ends up being true, it will have a huge impact on the lives of the victims and could easily end the director’s career.
The name of Michael Egan, the plaintiff, was released by Egan’s lawyers in a press release, and The Wrap has access to the federal court documents that have been filed which claim Singer drugged and raped Egan while exerting his Hollywood influence over him multiple times back in 1999.
Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, 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. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.
The abuse allegedly occurred in Hawaii and began in 1998 in Encino, California at the M & C Estate, a party house where adult males would prey on young boys. Marc Collins-Rector, now a convicted sex offender, allegedly lived at this Estate and is apparently the one who began abusing Egan first, soon introducing him to Singer.
I’m just going to leave it at that for now. If you want to research the story further, I’m sure there are plenty of sites that will publish the entire document for you to dig into. Again, it’s important to remember that these are still allegations at this point, but there’s a very fine line here between downplaying the plight of the victims and rooting for this whole thing not to be true in order to clear the name of a guy whose movies we like, and it’s obviously an extremely delicate subject. I just wanted you to have all the information we have at this time, so you can decide for yourselves how you’re going to process this information moving forward. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles, so perhaps more information will be revealed then.
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