‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sexual assault
LOS ANGELES - A man who claims he was sexually abused by “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.
With his voice occasionally wavering, Michael Egan III described abuse he said began when he was 15 years old at the hands of Singer and others. He told of being plied with drugs and promises of Hollywood fame while also enduring threats and sexual abuse in Hawaii and Los Angeles over several years.
“You were a piece of meat,” Egan said of how he and other teenage boys were viewed at the home where he claims Singer abused him.
Signer’s attorney Marty Singer wrote in a statement after Egan’s remarks that the accusations were “completely fabricated.”
Egan sued Singer on Wednesday and is seeking more than US$75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.
Egan and his attorney said the alleged abuse was reported by Egan’s mother to the FBI and Los Angeles police and that interviews were conducted.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said the department is looking into whether a report was made. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency could not comment on what Egan reported unless it resulted in a case or matter of public record.
“However, the suggestion that the FBI ignored a minor victim, or evidence involving the sexual victimization of a child, is ludicrous,” Eimiller said. “The FBI vigorously pursues all allegations involving the sexual abuse of minors and pursues prosecution when evidence of such crimes is brought to its attention.”
Singer’s attorney has called the lawsuit’s claims absurd and defamatory.
“We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail,” Marty Singer’s wrote Thursday. He accused Egan’s attorney of seeking fame by calling a news conference to discuss the lawsuit.