Michael Egan filed a lawsuit in Hawaii accusing director Bryan Singer of using “drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements” to rape and exploit him:
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.
According to the suit, the alleged abuse occurred 15 years ago during 1998 and 1999:
Egan was an aspiring actor and aged 17 at the time of the alleged assaults by Singer. The alleged assaults occurred in California, where the age of consent is 18, and in Hawaii, where it is 16, but as Egan is claiming he did not consent to any of the acts, his age at the time is not central to the matter.
The law firm representing Egan also contends that another man, convicted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector, groomed Egan, thereby making it easier for Singer to take advantage of him:
The complaint claims that Egan was “forced to consume alcoholic beverages and drugs” and was also “surreptitiously administered drugs when they were placed in beverages that he consumed”. Though he claims never to have consented to such activity, Egan allegedly became a sexual plaything at the “infamous and degenerate parties” at which Singer was allegedly a frequent guest.
The complaint alleges that Singer began abusing Egan two to three months after Collins-Rector did, and details several incidents of oral and anal rape allegedly perpetrated by Singer on two trips to Hawaii, in August and October 1999.
This is not the first complaint against Singer. A teenage boy filed a complaint about Singer concerning the filming of a shower scene from the film Apt Pupil. In the complaint, the 14-year-old boy alleged that Singer forced him and other teenage extras to strip naked for the scene. Two other boys supported the allegation. However, the investigators found there was no reason to file criminal charges, and the lawsuit was dismissed.
As I read about the lawsuit, I ended up on a comic book message board in which numerous people claimed that Singer is known for his preference of young-looking men. Apparently his preference is so particular that he has no interest in actual young men who look older. It is not proof that Singer is a sexual predator, let alone that he preys on teen boys, which is the tone of many of the articles about the suit. Yet it does support Egan’s accusation.
It is possible that Singer associated with Collins-Rector for the purpose of having sex with young actors. It is also possible that Singer manipulated his Hollywood status to take advantage of young men.
It is likewise possible that Egan decided to file the suit for the money. While Singer’s star is not as bright was it was ten years ago, the new X-Men film will likely bring in huge dollars. It is possible that Egan wants to cash in on that. Even if that is not the intent, it is not an accident that the lawsuit was filed within weeks of the film’s release.
Those factors create a problems for these kind of cases. It would not surprise me that there are people in Hollywood that abuse young actors. Corey Feldman stated a few years ago that abuse is common in Hollywood. Yet it would not surprise me that Egan made it up to get money. Until more information comes out, I will reserve judgment. My instinct tells me that the complaint is likely legitimate, but I could be wrong.