By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com April 17 2014 1:29 PM ET
Out director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has been accused of sexually abusing a male teenager in 1999 in a lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, reports Variety.
Plaintiff Michael Egan claims Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol before forcibly sodomizing him when he was 15 years old in 1999. Egan’s suit, led by lawyer Jeff Herman, also claims Singer later flew the plaintiff to Hawaii when he was 17 years old on two occasions and that he was abused each time. Allegations include assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion, and the suit is seeking unspecified damages.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, told Variety. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated.”
Marc Collins-Rector, former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, is also cited in the lawsuit against the X-Men director. Collins-Rector is being accused of arranging one incident of the assault of Egan by Singer at a house in Encino, Calif. A registered sex offender, Collins-Rector previously pleaded guilty in 2004 to luring minors across state lines to engage in sexual acts.
In addition to alcoholic beverages, Egan claims Singer gave him several drugs, including cocaine and a “green triangle” pill believed to be ecstasy, as well as the prescription drugs Vicodin or Percocet, Xanax, and Rohypnol.
The suit graphically details one of the encounters allegedly arranged by Collins-Rector, in which Egan claims Singer sexually assaulted him.
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 Singerdemanded 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.
The suit also alleges that Singer flew Egan out to Hawaii on two separate occasions when he forced Egan to inhale cocaine and then engage in oral and anal sex with him.
Egan claims he “often resisted” Singer’s advances and never “freely, voluntarily and knowingly consented to these sexual interactions.”