Director Bryan Singer may have been accused of sexual abuse last week, but he’s not letting it get in the way of his X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere. And in light of the legal battles he now faces, he’s decide to sit out of all of the promotional events before the movie’s premiere.
Michael Egan, an actor who claims to have been close with Bryan as a teen, filed a lawsuit accusing Bryan of using his power in Hollywood in order to abuse him, as he was part of a sex ring involving several powerhouses in the entertainment industry. If Michael’s claims are true, it’s possible that many other victims may step forward.
Until now, Bryan’s remained silent about the lawsuit, but through an official statement released yesterday, he’s speaking up for the first time.
“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious, and completely false,” Bryan’s statement says, according to TMZ. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Michael’s reports of sexual abuse don’t stop at Bryan. He’s also accusing broadway producer Gary Goddard, TV producer Garth Ancier, and Disney TV’s former president David Neuman of the same crimes.
“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 to from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film,” Bryan’s statement continues. “I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick, twisted shakedown that it is.”