Bryan Singer has broken his silence in regards to sexual abuse allegations made against him. On Thursday, the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director responded to the allegations by calling them “completely false.” Singer also made a surprising announcement. According to Us Weekly on April 24, he also made news by towing out of any promotional appearances for his superhero sequel because he doesn’t want any scandal associated with the film.
Michael Egan, 31, filed the lawsuit against Singer last week, claiming he was sexually assaulted when he was 15. The former child model alleged he was coerced into having oral and anal with Singer when he was just 17 years old. Egan also filed lawsuits against 3 other Hollywood honchos, also claiming sexual assault when he was a teenager. Singer, however, is out to clear his name and disengage any effect the scandal may have on his upcoming film. He stated that the allegations as “outrageous, vicious, and completely false.”
In the statement he made the The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, his focus was on the film and those who worked hard to make “X-Men: Days of the Future Past” on of the “greatest experiences” of his career. Although the timing of the allegations may appear suspect to some, Singer is allowing the facts to prove whether the allegations are true or not. Distancing himself from the film, for him, is the right thing to do at the moment.
Out of respect to actors and members of the behind-the-scenes crew involved, he goes on to say, “I’ve decided not to participate in 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.”
Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, made a public statement that the lawsuit is an attempt to “get publicity” and noted that the timing of the allegations come just a few weeks before the premiere of the “X-Men” sequel. He also expressed confidence that his client will be found innocent in the lawsuit that also claims Egan was promised future jobs in the entertainment industry if he would participate in “a sex ring.”