During a press conference held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, Michael Egan, the man who is accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting him when he was a teenager, said the Los Angeles Police Dept. was informed of the allegations more than a decade ago, according Variety. He said at the event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, “It basically fell on deaf ears and I basically buried it deep within me.”
Variety noted that Egan compared himself to a “piece of meat” and told reporters that no individual should go through “the horrific junk I went through.” Singer’s representative denies the allegations made by Egan, calling them “completely without merit,” according to CNN.
Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, sat alongside him as Egan explained he continued to return to Singer’s home for parties because he was afraid of certain threats that were made. Herman stated, “All of a sudden there’s that lifestyle… That’s his life.”
CNN reports that in a Egan's civil suite against Singer, he claims the director allegedly offered him a role in an “X-Men” movie, and also threatened to destroy his career in he did not give in to Singer's sexual demands. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, Egan states the alleged abuse took place in 1998 and 1999 when Egan was 17 years old. Egan is claiming battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion and asks for unspecified damages, reports Variety.
Singer’s representative said that Singer is confident he 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 is about to open…” according to CNN. Singer’s next film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is slated to open in theaters on May 23.