Earlier this week, The Wrap reported that a federal lawsuit has been filed that accuses X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy named Michael Egan in 1999. Today, it has been confirmed that Michael Egan is also working with filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil) on a new documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Amy Berg confirmed that she has been working on the project for the past two years, through her Disarming Films production company, but she wouldn't comment any further. The Daily Mail reports that the filmmaker seemed surprised that Michael Egan went public with the lawsuit against Bryan Singer, although it isn't known if Michael Egan has been interviewed on camera, or what his involvement in the documentary may be.
Here's what an unidentified source close to Michael Egan had to say in a statement.
"Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew. The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this. I was close to Michael, but he didn't confess any of this to me until 2012. I don't know the specifics, what the person's name was, I just knew that one of his close friends was in that whole scene with him. Michael has lots of psychological issues, he's a messed up person. He told me all of his issues were down to this."
The initial story from The Wrap said that Michael Egan was 17 years old when the abuse started in 1999, but this new report claims the abuse began when he was 14 or 15 years of age, when he first started attending parties in Encino, California at a house known as the M & C Estate. Michael Egan claims that he was plied with drugs and alcohol at these parties where he was forcibly sodomized and assaulted in other ways by Bryan Singer and others, most notably Marc Collins-Rector, who is also named in the lawsuit. He was convicted in 2004 for luring minors across state lines for sexual acts.
Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit filed in Hawaii on Wednesday.
"Defendant, Bryan Jay Singer, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors."
Michael Egan claims that he was flown to Hawaii on a number of occasions to have sex with Singer. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Jeff Herman, who previously represented five plaintiffs in the sexual assault case against Sesame Street's Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. Three of those lawsuits have been dismissed due to the statute of limitations running out, although they plan to appeal. One plaintiff dropped his case, while the fifth lawsuit is currently active.
Here's another excerpt from the lawsuit filed this week.
"Defendant Singer solicited Plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him which Plaintiff resisted. Defendant Singer flagrantly disregarded Plaintiff's unwillingness to submit, and forced Plaintiff's head underwater to make Plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When Plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, Defendant Singer demanded that he continue which Plaintiff refused. Defendant Singer then forced Plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized Plaintiff."
Michael Egan also filed a lawsuit in July 2000, but Bryan Singer's name wasn't included in that filing. That lawsuit is likely what lead director Amy Berg to initiate contact with Michael Egan, but that has not been confirmed. Michael Egan also reported the abuse to both the local police and FBI, but nothing came of the investigation.
Bryan Singer's lawyer, Marty Singer called the lawsuit "absurd and defamatory," and promises to counter-sue.
Amy Berg received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, which revolves around Father Oliver O'Grady, who sexually abused dozens of victims with the full consent of his superiors in the Catholic church. Her latest film, a narrative drama entitled Every Secret Thing, debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.