Director Bryan Singer has broken his silence, releasing a statement responding to the allegations of sexual abuse brought against him.
“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false,” the X-Men: Days of Future Past director said Thursday.
He continued: “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor 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.”
Michael F. Egan III has brought a civil suit against the director alleging that Singer sexually assaulted him in California and Hawaii. The suit alleges that Egan was sexually abused by the X-Men director beginning at age 15 and continuing through age 17. The alleged conduct that took place included rape, other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, taking place amid “sordid parties,” according to the highly graphic lawsuit.
Jeff Herman, the lawyer representing Egan, states that he has eyewitnesses to Singer’s presence at 1999 sex parties in Hawaii, contradicting Singer’s lawyer’s assertion that documents show Singer was not on the island at the time.
Herman announced Monday that he has filed three additional sex abuse lawsuits against prolific TV exec Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard.