“X-Men” director Bryan Singer was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday in Hawaii federal court, for sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1999.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, Michael Egan, accused the director of sexually molesting him at a house in Encino, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of California, and reportedly accused Singer of giving him cocaine.
Egan, who was an aspiring actor and model at the time, alleged that the director flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion. The lawsuit reportedly claimed “battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress” and seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit additionally named former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, Marc Collins-Rector, accusing him of initiating the abuse.
"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," Singer's attorney Marty Singer reportedly said. "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 the time when Bryan’s new movie (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is about to open in a few weeks," Singer's attorney added.
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Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman reportedly said, in a statement released to media: "Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children." He went on adding: "This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue."
According to CNN, Herman chose Hawaii to file the lawsuit because the legislature in the state has allowed, for a period of two years, for old sex abuse cases to be filed. This provision reportedly expires next week.