Bryan Singer (Pic: Gage Skidmore)
Bryan Singer, the openly gay director of the hit X-Men movies, has been accused of repeatedly drugging and raping an underage male actor as part of a Hollywood sex ring.
The shocking accusations against the 48-year-old A-list director come just weeks before his latest X-Men blockbuster is due to open in cinemas around the world.
The Wrap reports that court documents filed in Hawaii, claim that 31-year-old Michael Egan was sexually abused by Singer when he was 17-years-old.
“Defendant Bryan Jay Singer manipulated his power, wealth and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats and inducements, which resulted in plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries,” state the documents.
“Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.”
The alleged incidents took place in the late 1990s at Hollywood parties hosted by Singer’s friends, one of whom is a registered sex offender, in California and in Hawaii.
The parties allegedly featured teen boys who were nude, were plied with drugs and alcohol and were sexually abused by other men.
Egan, who moved to LA with his family to become an actor, is said to have met Singer at one of the parties.
The director is alleged to have promised the young man a role in an X-Men film, masturbated him and twice forced him to have oral and anal sex. He is also alleged to have given Egan alcohol and cocaine.
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault, and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion.
An attorney for Singer told the Wrap that the lawsuit was “completely without merit” and “we are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”
Singer has also directed films such as The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, Apt Pupil, Valkyrie and Jack the Giant Slayer.