Well. I can’t say this is exactly a shocker (I shall elaborate in a moment).
Putting a cramp on the otherwise-cheerful promotion for X-Men: Days of Future Past, celebrated director Bryan Singer is among a group of men that has been accused of sexually assaulting an underage dude back in the late 1990s. Fifteen years ago, to be somewhat precise.
Thirty-one-year-old actor Michael Egan III came forth in Hawaii yesterday – ahead of the statute of limitations running out – and pointed an accusatory finger at Singer, claiming the filmmaker promised him a break in Hollywood in exchange for what I can only imagine was just hanging out at first, something entirely different an more perverse later.
Egan’s legal camp describes a scene in which a former digital entertainment company exec, Marc Collins-Rector (a convicted sex offender), delivered him and other young men to boozy and drug-filled parties at which Singer and others allegedly forced themselves unto him, making him feel like “a piece of meat.”
Singer, of course, has no comment right now, and has pulled out of an appearance at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif.
For its part, ABC has opted to drop his name from any promotion related to its new Kelly Reilly-starring show Black Box.
What...a Woody Allen-esque mess.
Although, like I said...this ain’t that surprising. I have always heard that Singer preferred the company of younger arm candy (nothing more – I am not suggesting anything more than that). And I have seen it: I spotted him having lunch at Hugo’s in West Hollywood once a few years ago, and the guy he was with was definitely a PYT.
Power is a funny thing, huh.
Update: Bryan Singer says he was not there. That he could not have been at the scene of the alleged crime, for he was in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie.