Moviemaker BRYAN SINGER has broken his silence a week after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager at a party in Hawaii in 1999.
The X-Men director became the first power player named by Michael Egan in a series of lawsuits linked to “sordid” sexual exploits at a number of industry get togethers over a period of two years, when the plaintiff was aged between 15 and 17.
Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer was quick to respond to the allegations, calling them “absurd” and “completely without merit”, and now his famous client is speaking out to announce he won’t be taking part in any promotional activity for new X-Men blockbuster Days of Future Past because of the drama.
He says, “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 labour 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.
“However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”
Egan has filed a civil suit against the director, alleging he sexually assaulted him at sex parties.
He has also filed sex abuse lawsuits against TV executive Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard. Like Singer, all three insist the allegations against them are false.