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In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was accused of drugging and raping a 17-year-old boy in 1999, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleged that Singer, now 48, "manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements."
The plaintiff, Michael F. Egan III, is identified both in the lawsuit and via a press release issued by his legal team. He is a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teenager to further his acting career. Egan, now 31, describes himself as heterosexual.
Singer's attorney denied the allegations. "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," Martin Singer told E! News in a statement. "We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. 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."
(Despite sharing the same surname, Bryan Singer and Martin Singer are not related.)