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Bret Easton Ellis Throws Bryan Singer Under the Bus: 'I Was Invited to an Underage Party'

By Cindy Davis | Industry | April 30, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | April 30, 2014 |

After news broke last week that X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was being sued for drugging and forcing sexual acts on a minor, plenty of people have been discussing how commonplace these Hollywood sex parties are. And in an industry where so many young people are competing for attention and roles, it’s hardly surprising whenever we hear about powerful people taking advantage of youth and naiveté; we can’t help but be reminded of the Polanski rape, or wonder how many similar attacks go unreported. But Bret Easton Ellis is lifting the veil. In his latest podcast discussion with writer/director Alan Ball, the author was quite candid about his own knowledge of Singer’s parties. In addition to discussing himself, Ellis specifically addresses the director:

“Though for many of us here in L.A., we’ve known about this for a very long time. I’m not saying anything particularly about this case, but just about this world, that it sort of…I don’t know if it’s encouraged because of this business, by the nature of the world we live in, or if it’s a particular proclivity of Bryan’s… Out here everyone kind of knows about the parties and uh, the kind of underage boys…”

Ellis goes on to talk about people in his own dating past who’d attended the Bryan Singer and Roland Emmerich parties:

“I actually dated two people who had—who were much older at the time, but had—who had gone through the kind of Bryan Singer/Roland Emmerich kind of world and these, ‘underage parties’ they were not called, but people kind of knew that their fake IDs had a lot to do with the placement of certain boys in its culture.”

Ellis heard about the parties first from one guy whose “expiration date had come and gone…he had told me about it and I said, ‘Oh really, that’s going on?’ And then I, there was another guy that I dated who was in his late 20s, and he said he had been one of those guys who had been invited to those parties for about 2 or 3 months. And he’s a sensitive guy and he wasn’t at all into the drugs, but he was kind of into the parties and the sex and the attention. And could easily understand — I guess he was 17? I don’t know how old he was — what was expected of him, and kind of got it and said, ‘Okay, I’m gonna enjoy this now. I understand why I’m here and what my expiration date is, and what these people want from me.’ And then moved on. And I guess it was November 2007, I was at a dinner party in Venice, and a gay screenwriter was having a dinner party…it was a mixed dinner, half the people were straight, half the people were gay, but what I noticed was that the gay dudes were leaving the dinner much earlier than anyone else. And I said, ‘What are, where are you guys going?’ And they said, ‘We’re going over to one of Bryan’s underage parties in Encino at the M&C Estate,’ or whatever it was called, and I said ‘Really, those are going on?’ And they said ‘Oh yeah, yeah. You should just see it, as a goof.’ I just didn’t really feel comfortable. I had been drinking, and didn’t want to drive and whatever. But, you know, there is a long and hallowed history in Hollywood about the abuse — this is where it gets murky — the quote unquote abuse, because I think at 17, and you’re a guy, it’s much different than if you’re 12 or 13…”

Ellis and Ball further discuss male sexuality, and at what age “you begin to understand and own it,” as well as the nature of Hollwood and young people wanting to become stars. Interestingly, though Ellis notes he has suspicions about why it’s being brought up now (near the release of X-Men), he doesn’t directly condemn Singer, or this industry practice of exploiting and assaulting underage children. This is a fascinating conversation you should hear for yourself (beginning at the 59:00 mark):

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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