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'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Assault

Bryan Singer. (Getty)
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A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii accuses X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting Michael Egan multiple times in 1999 when Egan was 17.

His suit claims that Singer drugged and raped Egan on multiple occasions. According to the suit, Singer was part of an alleged "sordid sex ring" run by powerful Hollywood men, including Marc Collins-Rector, a registered sex offender who pled guilty in 2004 to luring five minors across state lines to have sex with them.

Egan's suit claims that Singer was a part of a host of parties held at the M & C Estate, a mansion in Encino, California, where men, including Collins-Rector, would invite young, underage aspiring actors with the promise to get a leg-up in the entertainment industry. At these parties, the suit alleges, these men would drug and sexually assault the young men they lured. Per the suit:

The parties were typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present for the parties. Further, the parties included the distribution of drugs and alcoholic beverages to the teenage boys at the party. Upon information and belief, the nature of the parties was well-known and notorious among many men in the Hollywood entertainment industry.
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The suit also details how Egan was continually threatened, sometimes at gunpoint by Collins-Rector, to comply with the sexual acts. A graphic and detailed section of the suit recounts trips Egan made to Hawaii at Singer's behest in 1999. During these trips, the suit alleges, Singer drugged and raped Egan on multiple occasions.

"We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit," Singer's lawyer, Martin Singer, told the Wrap. "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."

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