For­mer child model says di­rec­tor abused him

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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