Former child model says director abused him
HONOLULU — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the director of the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s. Singer’s attorney Marty Singer says in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. He says the lawsuit is an obvious attempt to get publicity ahead of the director’s next movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release May 23. It’s the fifth film in the franchise. The lawsuit is possible in Hawaii because of a state law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases.