Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Bryan Singer’s accuser Michael Egan said his mother first reported the allegations of sexual abuse to the Los Angeles Police Department when he was 17 years old.
“It basically fell on deaf ears and I basically buried it deep within me” after that, he told reporters at the Four Seasons Hotel event.
The plaintiff, who claims that the helmer sexually assaulted him multiple times when he was a teenager, appeared alongside his attorney Jeff Herman. His lawsuit describes incidents of alleged sexual assault by Singer in Hawaii when Egan was 17, but also cites other incidents in Los Angeles where Egan’s age is unspecified.
Egan said that he came forward now after he quit drinking two years ago and, 11 months ago, entered a program for trauma therapy.
“No one at a young age deserves to go through the horrific junk I went through,” Egan said, comparing himself to a “piece of meat.”
Asked why he continued to return to the estate for the parties, Egan said that he was fearful, describing threats made against him and his family.
“All of the sudden there’s that lifestyle,” Herman said. “That’s his life.”
Egan said that “two older kids took me under their wing and they went to my mother” to inform her of what was going on in 1999.
Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, has called the allegations “absurd and defamatory” and “completely without merit.”
“We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” Singer’s attorney said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”
Herman, who specializes in sexual assault cases, said that he expects to file additional cases against alleged perpetrators by April 24 in Hawaii. That is the cutoff date for old sex abuse cases to be filed under a two-year window established by the state legislature.
The lawsuit against Singer was filed on Wednesday in Hawaii, where Egan claims he was flown multiple times in 1999 and forced to have non-consensual sex with Singer. He also claims that Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and forced him to ingest cocaine.
Egan’s suit claims battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion, and it seeks unspecified damages.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the LAPD, said that they were researching their records to see if they have a report from back then or what action was taken. But he said that they may not be able to release much information because in would have involved a juvenile.
Egan said that the LAPD also informed the FBI, and recalled meeting with an agent from that bureau.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that she was limited in commenting on any litigation and that the FBI “does not comment on information provided to agents about alleged crimes unless the claims become a matter of public record.”
“However, the suggestion that the FBI ignored evidence involving the sexual victimization of a child is ludicrous,” she added. “The FBI vigorously pursues all allegations involving the sexual abuse of minors and pursues prosecution when evidence of such crimes is brought to its attention.”
The FBI did pursue allegations against Marc Collins-Rector, who is described in Egan’s lawsuit as the resident of the Encino estate where wild parties were held in which underage boys were given drugs and alcohol and made to perform sex with older men.
Collins-Rector plead guilty in 2004 on charges of luring minors over state lines for sexual acts. Egan was among the plaintiffs who filed a civil suit in 2000 against Collins-Rector and others over alleged sexual abuse, in a case in which a default judgment was entered against the defendants, according to court records. Herman could not say why the plaintiffs’ attorney in that case did not pursue a claim against Singer back then.
Egan claims in the suit that he never “freely, voluntarily and knowingly consented to these sexual interactions, and often resisted them.” At the press conference, he said that authorities in the late in 1999 or early in 2000 were made aware of his claims against Singer.
Asked why he decided to come forward, Egan said, “I have a story I believe should be known and should be out there.”
His attorney said that he believes there were eight to 10 men involved in what he described as a “ring” of sexual abuse at the Encino estate. He believes that there were five to six victims.
His attorney declined to name the three to four additional defendants to be named in suits but said that “there are other Hollywood types.”
Egan is now 31. At the press conference, he described the parties at the estate, saying that there was a “no swimsuit” rule at the pool. He described an incident in which he says Collins-Rector pointed a gun at him and threatened to pull the trigger if he continued to resist sexual contact.
Fox, which is distributing Singer’s next movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” also released a statement, saying through a spokesperson, “These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”
The next “X-Men” is slated for release next month.