'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Sued for Drugging and 'Forcibly Sodomizing' a Minor
This blows, because Bryan Singer is not only one of the more successful out directors in Hollywood — and these kind of allegations are bound to validate a lot of Fox News opinions — but because, if true, they could open up a door into the kinds of industry activities many of us like to think only exist in the movies, and — more importantly — suggests more than one victim.
Michael Egan has sued Bryan Singer — director of X-Men, Days of Future Past, and Return of Superman, among others — alleging that the director drugged and forcibly sodomized him in 1999 when Egan was 17. The lawsuit also claims that the incident is just one of many that involves big Hollywood parties, drugs, alcohol, and teenage boys that were lured to these parties by Marc Collins-Rector, who pleaded guilty in 2004 of this very kind of activity: Luring teenage boys across state lines for sexual acts (he’s now a registered sex offender).
Singer, whose X-Men: Days of Future Past opens soon, says through his attorney that the allegations are false and “without merit,” but Egan also provides very specific details of one incident:
Collins-Rector ordered Plaintiff out of the pool, and Defendant Singer hugged Plaintiff and grabbed his bare buttocks. They then went to the jacuzzi where Collins-Rector had Plaintiff sit on his lap and fondled Plaintiff’s genitals. Collins-Rector then passed Plaintiff to Defendant Singer and Plaintiff was made to sit on Defendant Singer’s lap. Defendant Singer provided an alcoholic beverage to Plaintiff and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing. Defendant Singer told Plaintiff how “this group” controls Hollywood, and that he was sexy. Defendant Singer masturbated Plaintiff and then performed oral sex upon him. Defendant Singer solicited Plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him which Plaintiff resisted. Defendant Singer flagrantly disregarded Plaintiff’s unwillingness to submit, and forced Plaintiff’s head underwater to make Plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When Plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, Defendant Singer demanded that he continue which Plaintiff refused. Defendant Singer then forced Plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized Plaintiff.
Egan claims that he was forced to inhale cocaine and pressured into oral and anal sex on other occasions, as well.
The lawyer bringing the allegations against Singer, Jeff Herman, is the same who represented the plaintiffs who brought suit against the former voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, suits that ultimately led to several settlements. The lawyer also suggests that this may be the first of many lawsuits he brings designed to blow the door open on these illicit Hollywood parties.
“Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children,” Herman said in a statement. “This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”
The suit claims that Egan was 14 or 15 when he moved to Los Angeles with his family to pursue and acting career. A friend from a small private school in the San Fernando Valley, Scott Shackley, introduced him to his older brother, Chad, in 1998. Chad Shackley, according to the suit, lived in the M & C Estate in Encino with Collins-Rector, and Egan and Scott Shackley would visit. Eventually, Egan was placed on the DEN payroll, provided with extravagant gifts, and taken via private jet on various trips, along with the opportunity to audition for acting and modeling jobs, the suit states.
But the parties at the M&C Estate were “well known and notorious” among “many men in the Hollywood entertainment industry,” the suit states, as they were “typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present,” along with the distribution of alcohol and drugs.
Over the next few days, this all will go away quietly very soon, and get really ugly very quickly.
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