X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1999, The Associated Press reports.
Singer, 48, is named in a lawsuit that was filed in Hawaii federal court Wednesday. His accuser claims that when he was 17, Singer gave him drugs and alcohol, flew him to Hawaii and forced him to have oral and anal sex on more than one occasion, according to the AP. The man is seeking unspecified damages and is seeking to charge Singer with battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress, among other claims.
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Singer's attorney said the accusations are "completely without merit," and called the lawsuit "absurd and defamatory." "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," the attorney told the AP. (Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out this summer.)
Also named in the lawsuit is Marc Collins-Rector, a registered sex offender who is the former chairman of the failed startup Digital Entertainment Network. Singer's accuser claims that Collins-Rector hosted house parties in Encino, Calif., where investors in his company would give young men alcohol and sexually assault them.
After meeting Collins-Rector through the brother of a friend, Singer's accuser says he was put on the Digital Entertainment Network payroll, was brought on trips via private jet, and attended numerous "notorious" and "sordid" parties at Collins-Rector's house.
See more details about the charges against Singer here.