'X-Men' Director Accused Of Drugging, Raping Teenage Boy

By McCarton Ackerman 04/18/14

Bryan Singer has been accused of using drugs and alcohol to sexually assault a 17 year old in the late 1990s, charges the director has vehemently denied.

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Bryan Singer, best known as the director of several films in the X-Men film franchise and The Unusual Suspects, has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy multiple times in the late 1990s.

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday in U.S. Court in Hawaii claims that Singer, whose latest film X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to be released in just a few weeks, sexually assaulted Michael Egan as a teenager at house parties in both Hawaii and in California. Singer allegedly used drugs and alcohol to force oral and anal sex on Egan while promising film roles in exchange. Egan, who was 17 at the time of the alleged assaults, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

Marc Collins-Rector, a former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, is listed in the suit as the initiator for the meetings between the two, which took place at “notorious parties” in Encino, Calif. in 1998. The teenager was also flown to Hawaii twice for week-long trips where the sexual abuse also took place. The lawsuit also claims that Egan was paid $1,500 per week by Collins-Rector's former entertainment company and sent on private jets to “attractive locations,” despite not having a designated role within the business.

He was also allegedly threatened by Singer and other men to keep quiet, telling him that they "controlled Hollywood and would destroy his hopes and dreams of an acting career if he did not keep them happy.” Collins-Rector was not available for comment, but an attorney for Singer denied the “absurd and defamatory” accusations.

"It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," wrote attorney Marty Singer in a statement. Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, has also filed sex abuse lawsuits against Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo, and the Roman Catholic Church.

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