In The Wake Of Sexual Abuse Allegations, Bryan Singer Pulls Out Of All "X-Men" Marketing
The director has finally pulled out of "X-Men" promo events altogether.
Problems just keep piling up for director Bryan Singer and, by association, for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Following the sex abuse allegations against Singer, the movie has run into huge marketing hurdles. Most recently, Singer bowed out of one press conference at Wonder Con last weekend and on Thursday, the director announced that he would be skipping all upcoming promotional events for Days of Future Past. Presumably, the move is an attempt to save the movie by not having his name associated with it.
According to Singer, the allegations are "outrageous, viscious and completely false."
On the personal front, Singer now has to defend himself against accusations brought to the Federal Court by Michael Egan, now 31.
According to Egan’s statement at a press conference last week, he was sexually abused by the X-Men director along with three other media moguls, when Egan was between the ages of 15 and 17. The alleged conduct included rape, other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, taking place amid "sordid parties," according to the graphic lawsuit, quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.
For his part, Singer said the following to the New York Daily News: “The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert any attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
“This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film,” he said.“However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick, twisted shakedown it is.”
The four men, against whom Egan has launched similar lawsuits are Singer, 48, as well as former WB Chairman Garth Ancier, 56, former Disney exec David Neuman, 53, and producer Gary Goddard, 61.