Magazine article Variety

'X-Men's' Singer Keeps Mum; 3 More Accused

Magazine article Variety

'X-Men's' Singer Keeps Mum; 3 More Accused

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As 20th Century Fox prepares for the global rollout of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a summer tentpole costing in the neighborhood of $200 million, it must do so without its star director.

Bryan Singer has so far ducked the press and skipped promoting the May 23 release of his latest film, following a bombshell federal lawsuit filed last week that accused him of raping an underage teenager and promising the boy roles in movies in exchange for sex. Michael Egan, now 31, said he was abused and drugged by Singer starting when he was 15. Singer's attorney Marty Singer calls the claims "absurd and defamatory." On April 21, Egan filed additional suits against three Hollywood executives: Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard, alleging sexual abuse of teenage boys.

The case against Singer casts a shadow over the career of a director who - unlike Woody Allen, who's had his share of personal controversy over the years - makes big, studio-financed movies. …

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