X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.
According to a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday, April 16, the now 48-year-old sexually abused Michael Egan III, who is now in his 30s, at a party held at a California mansion, where the underage boys were given drugs and alcohol before being taken advantage of.
The suit alleges Egan, an aspiring filmmaker, was forcibly sodomized when he was 15 in the early 1990s after Singer had promised him a role in one of his movies.
The director allegedly gave “an alcoholic beverage… and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing,” the suit states. “Defendant Singer told plaintiff how ‘this group’ controls Hollywood.
“Singer masturbated plaintiff and then performed oral sex upon him. Defendant Singer solicited plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him, which plaintiff resisted.”
It goes on to explain the abuse went on for years, and Singer even brought Egan to Hawaii—where the suit was filed—for multiple extended trips when he was 17.
A statement released on the director’s behalf denies the claims.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” the statement reads. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”
Singer first achieved success with the release of The Usual Suspects in 1995, around the same time the abuse allegedly began. His next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, hits theaters May 23.