Beleaguered X-Men director Bryan Singer has dropped out of an upcoming “Creativity Conference” in Washington, a source tells THR. The filmmaker, who is being sued by a 31-year-old man who alleges Singer sexually abused him in the late 1990s, was scheduled to appear along with Vice President Joe Biden at the conference, which is being co-sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America, Microsoft and ABC News as part of the festivities surrounding the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Michael F. Egan, III has filed a lawsuit alleging Singer drugged and raped him and offered movie roles in return for sexual favors. At a news conference this week, he also alleged that his mother reported the alleged abuse to the FBI in Los Angeles in 2000. An FBI spokesman confirmed that a complaint had been made, but added, “The suggestion that the FBI ignored evidence involving the victimization of a child is ludicrous.”
Singer’s attorney Marty Singer has released this statement: “The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is about to open in a few weeks,” he said.
Singer was tapped to participate in the DC “Creativity Conference” along with a list of experts from entertainment, technology and politics to “examine their power as an economic engine and driver of innovation.” Biden is expected to make a keynote address. Other participants include actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president on ABC’s Scandal; Supersize Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock; and Sean Bailey, Disney Studio’s president of production.