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'X-Men' director calls sex-abuse suit a shakedown

By Anthony McCartney

AP Entertainment Writer


LOS ANGELES >> The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film has denied allegations contained in a lawsuit that he raped an aspiring actor and model in 1999 and called the claims a shakedown.

Bryan Singer wrote in a statement released Thursday that he was avoiding promotional events for his upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to avoid distracting from the movie and the work of its actors and crew.

"The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false," Singer wrote. "I do not want these fictitious claims to divert any attention from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' "

The statement was released a week after Singer was sued in Hawaii by Michael Egan III, a former aspiring model and actor, who claims the director sexually abused him during a trip in Hawaii in 1999. Egan has said Singer abused him when he was as young as 15 years old at a home in Los Angeles, but his case only focused on the alleged abuse in Hawaii.

Singer's attorney Marty Singer has said the director wasn't in Hawaii when Egan claims he was abused.

"I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is," Bryan Singer wrote in his statement.

Egan's attorney Jeff Herman said Singer's denials would not affect his pursuit of the case. "We have a good-faith belief in the allegations, and we will litigate this," Herman said.

Egan has also sued three other entertainment industry figures -- two former television executives and a theater producer -- for substantially similar claims.

"None of the defendants in Michael Egan's cases have admitted to abusing him," Herman said. "I've gotten other threats from the other lawyers, which I find interesting. I'm not deterred from bringing these cases forward."

The lawsuits were filed in Hawaii under a law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in civil sex-abuse cases. None of the men has been criminally charged, and the statute of limitations for any such charges has passed.

In order to file the cases, Egan had to be evaluated by a psychologist who signed a notarized "Certificate of Merit" that includes facts and opinions supporting an opinion that he was sexually abused and had a psychological or physical injury. The certificate detailing Egan's allegations against Singer has been filed under seal.

Egan claims he was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive with promises of auditions for acting, modeling and commercial jobs. He was put on the company's payroll as an actor and forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood's entertainment industry, he says.

The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sex abuse, but it is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.

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KaneoheSJ wrote:
What is bothersome is the fact that an accuser can put an innocent man through hell and then get away with it if found to be without merit after a trial. Even if that innocent man is exonerated by a jury he will forever live with the scars. All the while the accuser can go on with his life even after destroying an innocent man's life. Laws should be enacted that will hold false accusers accountable with prison time in line with the suffering that he has put his victim through. One poster has mentioned the use of polygraph testing to at least get an idea if there is any deception on the part of the accuser. If this accuser is confident regarding his claims, he would present to the public a certified lie detection test taken at a law enforcement institution. I would recommend the accused to take an official lie detector test to help him clear his name immediately due to the fact that the longer he takes to defend himself the more damage to his name will occur.
on April 24,2014 | 11:59AM
localguy wrote:
Uhhh, let the person making the accusations be the first to take the lie detector test. Failing the test will put their claim in serious jeopardy, opening them up to a massive counter suit and jail time. Hey, in jail they will meet all kinds of new friends, learn new after dark survival skills, have a great time.
on April 24,2014 | 05:57PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Been seeing a lot of news about Bryan Singer after this lawsuit was filed. Google "Bryan Singer sex parties" and prepare to be blown away.
on April 24,2014 | 12:03PM
localguy wrote:
Blown away? Hardly. This is nothing new, been going on for decades with straight and gay actors. Only those who grew up in the Nei and attended the failing educational system would be "Blown Away." Lets not forget the movie " LA Confidential."
on April 24,2014 | 05:59PM
monarch1 wrote:
Interesting that we quickly rise to defend this man and accuse his attacker of a witch hunt, whole at the same time assuming Marc Alexander is guilty and the accuser is the one with the accurate claim. Yes, I know, there have been priests who have abused young people, but you cannot throw a blanket over all of them,just as you cant assume all accusers are money grabbing liars. The bias and venemous hatred against Catholics makes me ill.
on April 24,2014 | 01:41PM
localguy wrote:
Did you ever hear about the McMartin Preschool abuse trial? HBO did a special on it. The acutely dysfunctional Prosecutor Lael Rubin and staff falsely accused a family for sexually abusing children, grand jury was in on it. Fortunately for the family, their attorney Daniel Davis ripped their lies to shreds, showed it was all false, family had all charges dropped against them. However they suffered mental abuse like no other. How would you like to be in their position? Check it out: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mcmartin/mcmartinaccount.html
on April 24,2014 | 06:17PM
localguy wrote:
Nothing but the acts of a sick, acutely dysfunctional Gold Digger. In the end he will be the one making payments to those he falsely accused, they will clean his clock.
on April 24,2014 | 05:55PM
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