Bryan Singer Case: Insider Calls 'Bullshit' on Sex Party Claims
A version of this story first appeared in the May 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
"Absolute bullshit." That's what former Digital Entertainment Network executive Brock Pierce says of allegations that X-Men director Bryan Singer and others had sex at mansions in Los Angeles and Hawaii in 1999 with then-17-year-old Michael Egan III. In fact, "there were never sex parties at the house," Pierce tells THR, breaking his silence on the matter.
Pierce, a former child actor (The Mighty Ducks), was 17 when he began making $250,000 a year as a co-founder of the digital studio with Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, with whom he lived in the Encino mansion. All were sued in 2000 by Egan and fled to Spain. Discovered there, Collins-Rector was extradited and pleaded guilty to federal sex charges, but Shackley and Pierce were not charged, and Pierce settled the 2000 suit.
Now 33, Pierce is a serial entrepreneur active in the Bitcoin economy and spoke at the recent Milken Conference as a co-founder of GoCoin. He won't comment further on the sex-abuse lawsuits Egan has filed against Singer and executives Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman. In the meantime, there was an additional suit filed May 3 against Singer and Goddard on behalf of an anonymous U.K. actor. Informed of Pierce's denial that sex parties took place, Egan's attorney Jeff Herman says, "I look forward to taking his deposition."