Singer's accuser is to hold a press conference in LA this Thursday.
A shadow has been cast over the upcoming release of the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, as producer Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy. According to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the incidents reportedly took place in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s. The suit claims that Singer, now 48, used his influencehis influence in Hollywood, as well as a range of drugs and alcohol, to force anal and oral sex on the boy.
The lawsuit against Singer lays out several alleged incidents in explicit details.
The young man in question, Michael Egan, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial for a number of abuses, which reportedly happened at house parties in California and Hawaii. The suit also involves one Marc Collins-Rector, who isa former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet the teenager at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998, Reuters reports.
"The parties were typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present for the parties," the lawsuit said.
The parties were apparently part of a long-term abusive arrangement between Collins-Rector and the then underage boy. The teenager moved from Nevada to California at age 14 or 15. He was paid at least $1,500 per week by Collins-Rector's former entertainment company without any clear job, as well as sent on private jets "to attractive locations", the suit says.
The alleged abuse took place in the late 90s.
The alleged victim also reports being threatened by Singer and other men who told him they "controlled Hollywood and would destroy his hopes and dreams of an acting career if he did not keep them happy", the lawsuit said.
At age 17, he was flown to Hawaii on at least two separate occasions, for roughly week-long trips, during which Singer reportedly provided him with drugs and alcohol and assaulted him on several occasions. Singer, a producer and director known for television shows and movies such as House M.D. and The Usual Suspects, also promised Egan roles in an X-Men movie, commercials, among other projects, the lawsuit said. Today, Egan and his attorney are expected to hold a press conference in Los Angeles.