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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Abuse of Underage Teen

X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teen boy at estates in L.A. and Hawaii 15 years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

SingerThe plaintiff is Michael F. Egan III, a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teen to further his acting career. Egan, who is 31 today and describes himself as heterosexual, filed the suit without a pseudonym and his name appears in a press release issued by his counsel. He alleges that Singer and others threatened to make or break his Hollywood aspirations depending on whether he kept them happy.

Egan has contacted police authorities, his lawyer’s media director told THR. An LAPD spokesperson said he had not seen a complaint but would look further, and messages left with the Honolulu Police Dept. were not returned.

The lawsuit reads:

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.

Others were involved as well, according to the legal filing:

According to the suit, the Los Angeles parties were held at a mansion in Encino referred to as the M & C Estate, whose residents were Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, whose younger brother Scott Shackley was in Egan’s high school class. Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley were principals of Digital Entertainment Network, an early online streaming video company. The complaint asserts that Collins-Rector sexually abused Egan and threatened him with a gun, but does not name him as a defendant.

(Collins-Rector subsequently was charged and pled guilty to transporting minors across state lines for sex, and is a registered sex offender.)

Singer's lawyer Marty Singer denied the charges:

"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit.  We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit...It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks."

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  1. This is way past the statute of limitations for a criminal action, and most likely for a civil suit, too (unless the guy had "repressed memories"). Seems just designed to extract a payment.

    Posted by: ChicagoR | Apr 17, 2014 9:40:13 AM

  2. Well you can't argue Hollywood directors have a statute of limitations and priests don't.

    Posted by: MIke | Apr 17, 2014 9:49:21 AM

  3. I don't know about the rape part, but Mr. Singer definitely likes to party w/ the young boys. Remember those pics of him leaving a Hollywood house party w/ then 17 y/o Taylor Lautner. It's gonna be hard for Singer to shake this one. There's plenty of photos of him online, at various events w/ different twinks by his side. Watch out Dustin Lance Black you're next!

    Posted by: brandon g | Apr 17, 2014 9:49:24 AM

  4. Add Gus Van Sant to the list of barely legal lovers

    Posted by: Kim | Apr 17, 2014 9:53:24 AM

  5. haha, another closeted "heterosexual" child rapist

    Posted by: litper | Apr 17, 2014 9:56:48 AM

  6. Um, how is he closeted? He's been out for as long as I can remember. No need to lie in order to find a reason to hunt someone down. As for this lawsuit, I dunno, but I do t think that attending industry parties with people counts as something you have to "shake." I have pictures of me at the amusement park with my nephew and his friends. That doesn't mean I was doing things with them.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Apr 17, 2014 10:04:32 AM

  7. This is all very Apt Pupil isn't it?

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Apr 17, 2014 10:07:02 AM

  8. I'm not saying there was no sexual abuse here, I don't know either way, but I would think a 15-year old has more of the mental capacity and will to fight back against an unwanted sexual encounter than a much younger child. And this was allegedly an ongoing thing. It's still rape because the individual is underage but one wonders why he took 15-plus years to come forward? Wouldn't he realize a lot sooner that he wasn't exactly having a hot film career? Where were the parents during all of this? Sounds like a very hard case to prove and that he is hoping for a settlement so that this goes away as soon as possible with the new X-Men movie coming out.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 17, 2014 10:08:03 AM

  9. Due to timing it seems unlikely, but it also wouldn't surprise me from what I've heard of Singer.

    Another note, there's seriously a statute of limitations on sexual abuse? That's stupid.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 17, 2014 10:09:51 AM

  10. Singer is not closeted, just FYI. Also, being a bit of a tabloid gossip queen, I can tell you that there have been smoke and rumors about this man pulling stunts like this for a while.
    Don't be so quick to victim-shame. I've learned from my mistake doing that in the past. It just makes you look like an @hole and, if you're wrong, you'll feel like scum afterward.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Apr 17, 2014 10:10:39 AM

  11. At 15, I was looking for all the sex I could get. That was 1983--much more effort went into it back social networking to make the job easier.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Apr 17, 2014 10:11:34 AM

  12. RIP Brad Renfro from 'Apt Pupil' - directed by Bryan Singer.

    Bryan Singer is good friends with Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black,39, who is currently dating a teenager.

    I have no idea about the truth or otherwise of these allegations but the rumours surrounding the behaviour of Singer, Van Sant and Black are not difficult to find.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 10:12:13 AM

  13. Talk about fresh from the cradle. Reminds me of another gay Hollywood director......hmmh,I'm forgetting his name now. Oh well.

    Posted by: ken | Apr 17, 2014 10:13:11 AM

  14. Also, I want to point out that the suit alleges drugging. So this isn't just a case of a horny 17 year old who ended up having regrets 15 years later.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Apr 17, 2014 10:15:19 AM

  15. Gosh, the legacy of DEN refuses to disappear.
    I remember being aware of the website in 1999, after I got out of a college. On dialup the videos took too long to download but it was definitely ahead of its time.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 17, 2014 10:17:01 AM

  16. It is one thing to come forward and claim charges of rape five years later, it is quite another to do so 15 years or more later. And the timing is suspect as Mr. Singer has a much anticipated movie coming out.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Apr 17, 2014 10:26:26 AM

  17. Phoenix Justice says:

    "It is one thing to come forward and claim charges of rape five years later, it is quite another to do so 15 years or more later."

    Would you say the same of those making allegations against catholic priests. If not then why not?

    Singer, Van Sant and Black have horrendous reputations when it comes to their treatment of their teenage partners. Whether or not crimes were committed is unknown but the rumours about these 3 middle aged men have been around for years.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 10:33:18 AM

  18. That's why the 'victim' filed this complaint in Hawaii - there are no Statutes Of Limitations there on this sort of thing.
    15 years later?! Sounds like a money grab.
    Bryan is no saint, but the 'victim' sounds somewhat devious.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 17, 2014 10:33:58 AM

  19. I do not know if it's true or not. But if true, then I hope he gets his punishment. If it is false, I hope the accuser gets puntheishment for false charge. Rape is always difficult to prove, even more after 15 years have gone by. One thing I think is true is tha Hollywood has a problem with sexual exploitation of children And nobody seems to do much about it.

    Posted by: nn | Apr 17, 2014 10:37:04 AM

  20. At the moment, there are more questions than answers.

    If Singer was not the host, is he responsible for drinking or drug use? Did Singer know the guy was underage? Did the guy say his age? Was the sex consensual at the time and is there evidence if it was not? Why is no one else being charged?

    Without knowing the facts, I think there can be a fine line between allegations and extortion. And certainly Singer has the deep pockets that could result in a big settlement.

    Posted by: Gr8guyca | Apr 17, 2014 10:44:27 AM

  21. Even if Bryan Singer is 100% innocent and has never engaged in any inappropriate behavior of any kind with a minor, the accusation is out there now, so whether or not he's innocent and even proven innocent in court, a lot of people will now see him as and refer to him as a child molester and a rapist.

    That's the way these things work.

    Likewise, even if all evidence points to his guilt, there will be those who refuse to believe it, rush to his defense, and shame the victims.

    That, too, is the way these things work.

    Posted by: Rene | Apr 17, 2014 10:47:03 AM

  22. I wouldn't care even if it were true. Once you cut through the lawyer-speak, it sounds consensual, regardless of the legal technicalities. He tried to sleep his way into a show business career, failed, and became bitter. Stop the presses.

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 17, 2014 10:48:51 AM

  23. I'm guessing they want a big settlement to go quiet hence the timing of the lawsuit. Bryan Singer may not cave but I'm sure there will be quite a few anxious studio executives looking to shut this down asap. The big lesson here is: stay away from teenagers, drugs and hookers.

    Posted by: demerol | Apr 17, 2014 10:53:11 AM

  24. Oh Merv, don't be a perv. Read the details here. It doesn't sound like some 17 year old was just horny and had a fun, sexy weekend getaway with a handsome older guy. There is some shady stuff going on here, and it sounds like lines were definitely crossed.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Apr 17, 2014 10:59:13 AM

  25. A tough lesson to learn.....if "cute" is your only talent it fades quickly. He was at the party to further a career....he should have stayed in school. Now 31, no career, no talent, just angry!

    Posted by: Major707 | Apr 17, 2014 11:07:08 AM

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