A man who claims he was sexually abused by film director Bryan Singer, best known for the X-Men films, claims he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued.
With his voice occasionally wavering, Michael Egan III described on Thursday the abuse he said he had endured at the hands of Singer and other from the time he was a 15-year-old.
Plaintiff Michael Egan speaks at a news conference about his lawsuit against director Bryan Singer, accusing him of drugging and raping him in the late 1990s. Photo: Reuters
Egan described 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.
But Singer’s lawyer dismissed the ‘‘completely fabricated’’ claims, adding: ‘‘We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr Egan and his lawyer after we prevail.’’
Accused director Bryan Singer. Photo: AP
Egan filed a law suit against Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday. He is seeking more than $US75,000 ($80,295.49) on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said the department is looking into whether a report was made. A phone message left by The Associated Press for an FBI spokeswoman was not immediately returned.
Singer's lawyer has called the claims absurd and defamatory.
"It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," said Marty Singer, who said he is not related to the director.
Singer is the director of the upcoming film X-Men: Days Of Future Past. He directed previous films in the franchise, as well as the thriller The Usual Suspects.
The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sex abuse, but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.
The lawsuit is possible in Hawaii because of a state law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases. Egan's lawyer Jeff Herman said on Thursday that he planned to file additional lawsuits in Hawaii against other Hollywood figures he said were responsible for abusing underage teens. The lawyer declined to state who else he planned to sue.
The lawsuit says that Bryan Singer attended several of the parties and forced Egan into sex, giving him drugs and threatening Egan when he resisted advances.
Herman has made a career of representing victims of sex abuse, filing lawsuits against organisations such as the Roman Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America. In 2011, Herman won a $US100 million verdict against a Catholic priest who was accused of molesting dozens of boys.