Bryan Singer, known for directing movies such as The Usual Suspects and a number of the X-Men films, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. At least he was 15 at the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse took place in 1999.
The accuser, Michael Egan, claims he was given drugs and alcohol and was physically forced to have sex with Singer.
Egan is represented by Jeff Herman, a lawyer who specializes representing victims of sexual abuse in civil trials. He’s represented victims in cases against the Catholic church as well as victims of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
Singer’s newest flick, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is scheduled for release on May 23. Singer was scheduled to appear at this weekend’s Wondercon, but has now canceled. ABC has pulled promos of its upcoming TV show Black Box that contained Singer’s name. Singer is listed as a executive producer on the show.
Personally, I don’t know what to make of this. I usually enjoy Singer’s movies, but I don’t like men who force anyone, let alone underage people, to have sex with them. These are only allegations, but I think it’s interesting that the alleged victim is represented by Jeff Herman. Say what you will about Herman, but his victims always seem to be legitimate.
I guess time will tell.