Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Suit: Bret Easton Ellis Says He Dated Two People Who 'Went Through World of Underage Parties' (Audio)
In the wake of the sex abuse suit filed against Bryan Singer, reports and rumors have emerged that the director had a proclivity for partying with underage boys.
Now Bret Easton Ellis has weighed in, saying on his Monday podcast that not only had he heard that Singer attended those types of parties, he dated two people who had been through "the kind of Bryan Singer/Roland Emmerich world of parties," noting that the bashes weren't identified as "underage parties" but fake IDs were important.
One of Ellis' exes had gone to those parties and seemed to enjoy the sex and the attention, the American Psycho author explained.
"He said he had been one of those guys who had been invited to those parties for one or two months and he was a sensitive guy. … He wasn't really into the drugs but he was into the parties and the sex and the attention, and I could easily understand it," Ellis said. "I guess he was 17. I don't know how old he was, what was expected of him. He kind of got it and said 'I'm going to enjoy this now. I understand why I'm here and what my expiration date is and what these people want from me' and then moved on."
Ellis also tells a story of having gone to a dinner party in 2007 where a number of guys left early and when Ellis asked them where they were going, they said they were going to one of Bryan Singer's underage parties in Encino at the M & C estate.
Ellis was surprised those were actually going on, but the guys said "Yeah, you should just see it as a goof."
[Editor's note: It does not appear possible that Ellis's anecdote happened as described: the owners of the M&C estate fled the country in 2000 and the house was sold in September of that year.]
Ellis didn't address whether he thought Singer was guilty of abusing Michael Egan, but he did say he was suspicious about Egan's case, particularly the lawsuit being filed so close to the release of Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Listen to Ellis' full podcast below (the Bryan Singer discussion begins around the 58:00 mark).
Revised 11/28/14: editor's note added.