Bryan Singer, 48, who gained much popularity for his directing of 1995’s ‘The Usual Suspects,’ allegedly met accuser Michael Egan III back in 1998 at a mansion in Encino, Calif., that was the site of regular drug-fueled underage sex romps.
Hollywood director has been accused in a new federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a 15-year-old teen, reports The New York Daily News.
The suit, which was filed Wednesday in Hawaii, accuses the filmmaker of “first preying on the 15-year-old aspiring actor at a party at a California mansion where underage boys were plied with drugs and alcohol and taken advantage of,” the publication adds.
“The stories that I’ve heard of what went on at the estate are truly despicable,” the accuser’s lawyer, Miami attorney Jeff Herman, told reporters on Wednesday night.
Herman identified the accuser as Michael Egan III, who is currently in his thirties and is scheduled to take part in a Thursday news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A., was forced to be sodomized by the Hollywood star when he was 15 in the late-1990s.
The director had promised his victim a role in one of his movies and later had numerous sexual contacts with the teen when he was 15 and 16, Herman revealed to the media. Singer also allegedly brought Egan to Hawaii for multiple extended trips when he was 17.
However, the filed lawsuit does not specify that Singer could be demanded a monetary figure, but the paper states the damages suffered warrant in excess of $75,000.
In response, Marty Singer, a lawyer for the director, said “it is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity,” given that the newest installment of the “X-Men” franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” hits theaters May 23.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” the statement added. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”
Herman, who had previously stood against celebrities in similar cases, told reporters that his client’s suit demonstrates that Hollywood has a problem of sexual exploitation of minors.
He went on, adding there are other victims and promised that numerous other cases would be filed.
Singer gave “an alcoholic beverage . . . and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing,” the suit says. “Defendant Singer told plaintiff how ‘this group’ controls Hollywood.”
“Singer masturbated plaintiff and then performed oral sex upon him. Defendant Singer solicited plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him, which plaintiff resisted,” the suit says.
“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 Singer demanded that he continue which plaintiff refused,” the suit went on. “Defendant Singer then forced plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized plaintiff.”