/bryan-singer-drops-out-of-all-press-for-x-men-days-of-future-past/Last week, it was announced that Bryan Singer was backing out of any and all publicity in terms of X-Men: Days of Future Past. This first included a last minute cancellation of his appearance at last weekend's WonderCon in Anaheim, where writer/producer Simon Kinberg took his place. Now, as the entire cast prepares for the X-Men: Days of Future Past experience Global Press Tour, which will find the actors splitting up to visit every major city in the world, the director has issued an explanation for his absence.

Not that he really needs any excuse. Bryan Singer was named as the defendant in a widely publicized sexual abuse case, which recently saw more names added to a list of Hollywood bigwigs accused of using drugs and alcohol to force a teenage boy to have sex with them. Bryan Singer himself claims no wrongdoing, and wants to deal with the matter privately rather than put himself out in front of the press. He calls his new movie a 'labor of love' and doesn't want his legal issues standing in the way of its success.

He states:

"The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I've decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support."

No evidence has comes forward in the case against the director, with Bryan Singer claiming he has an alibi. The alleged abuse was said to have occurred in Hawaii during 1999. Singer is in the process of submitting credit card receipts that show he was in Vancouver working on the first X-Men at that time.

B. Alan Orange