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X-Men director Bryan Singer calls sex abuse claims 'shakedown'

Published on Apr 25, 2014 6:53 AM
 
Bryan Singer arrives at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. The director of the forthcoming X-Men film on Thursday called claims that he sexually abused a teen more than a decade ago a "sick, twisted shakedown," and said he was dropping out of promotional events for the movie ahead of its release. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The director of the forthcoming X-Men film on Thursday called claims that he sexually abused a teen more than a decade ago a "sick, twisted shakedown," and said he was dropping out of promotional events for the movie ahead of its release.

Bryan Singer, 48, said in a statement that the allegations are "outrageous, vicious and completely false." Last week, Michael Egan, 31, accused Singer in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii of drugging and raping him in 1999 in Hawaii and California. Egan, who was an aspiring teen actor at the time, seeks unspecified damages. "I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick, twisted shakedown it is," Singer said in a statement, adding that he would not participate in media events for the film because it would be a distraction.

A message left for Egan's attorney on Thursday was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit could overshadow the promotional rollout of Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is expected to be one of the year's top grossing films.

 
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