Bryan Singer Allegations Part of Upcoming Sex Abuse Documentary

Bryan Singer Allegations Part of Documentary

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg has been working on doc for two years

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (in photo below) has spent the last two years working on a scandalous new documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood that includes allegations about Bryan Singer (above), Variety has confirmed.

Michael Egan, who filed a lawsuit this week alleging Singer raped him as a teenager, has been cooperating with Berg on her documentary.

The Daily Mail first broke the story about Berg’s film.

It’s unclear if Egan had been interviewed on camera for the film. Amy Berg, who runs Disarming Films, received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” about sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church.

She also directed the recent, Peter Jackson-produced West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis.”

Berg, who has a feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival (“Every Secret Thing,” written by Nicole Holofcener), could not be reached for comment on this report.

Egan, now 31, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Hawaii federal court accusing Singer of sexually assaulting him multiple times in the late 1990s. Egan claims he was 15 years old when Singer forcibly raped him. He also alleged that Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion in 1999 in return for promised movie roles. His suit claims battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion, and it seeks unspecified damages.

Singer’s powerhouse attorney, Marty Singer, called the lawsuit “absurd and defamatory.”

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” the attorney said. “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 (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) is about to open in a few weeks,” he said.

But that hasn’t stopped Singer from canceling two major upcoming appearances in support of his upcoming summer tentpole.

The “X-Men” director will skip this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim and the upcoming Creativity Conference in Washington. Fox will be sending Simon Kinberg to WonderCon in Singer’s place as the studio prepares for the movie’s May 23 debut.

Singer, 48, was also supposed to join Vice President Joe Biden at the Creativity Conference on May 2 leading up to the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Chris Petrikin, spokesman for Fox, which distributed the “X-Men” films, said the allegations are a “personal matter.”

“These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum,” he said in a statement. “This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”

The scandal enveloping the filmmaker has had repercussions for ABC already and could impact CBS down the road given Singer’s stepped up activity in TV.

ABC has pulled promos for its new series “Black Box” that featured Singer’s name as executive producer. The net re-edited a handful of TV spots to now refer to Singer as “the executive producer of House.” The drama, which stars Kelly Reilly, premieres on Thursday.

At CBS, Singer directed the first episode of the high-profile drama series “Battle Creek,” from writers David Shore and Vince Gilligan. Singer is an exec producer on the Sony Pictures TV drama series that stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as detectives in a rough-and-tumble Michigan town. The show has a series order from CBS and wrapped production on its first episode earlier this month. So far there’s no word of a change in his status on the show, which will not be in the public spotlight for months at the earliest. Nonetheless there’s no doubt Sony Pictures TV and CBS are monitoring Singer’s legal situation.

The Egan lawsuit wasn’t the first time the director has been accused of acting inappropriately with underage males.

In 1997, a lawsuit was filed by several underage actors who claimed Singer asked them to film a shower scene in the nude while shooting his film “Apt Pupil.” That suit was later dismissed for insufficient evidence.

At a news conference this week, Egan alleged that his mother first reported the allegations of sexual abuse to the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI in 2000 when he was 17.

“It basically fell on deaf ears, and I basically buried it deep within me” after that, he told reporters on Thursday.

“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.”

Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the LAPD, said that they were searching their records to see if they have a report from back then and to discover action was taken. But he said that they may not be able to release much information because it would have involved a juvenile.

Egan, who now resides in Nevada, said that the LAPD also informed the FBI, and he 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 pleaded 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 were made aware of his claims against Singer in late 1999 or early 2000.

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.”

It’s unknown whether these additional defendants will be featured in Berg’s upcoming documentary.

(Maane Khatchatourian contributed to this report.)

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  1. James Peron says:

    At the very least this article should have an update at the end stating that Mr. Egan has been proven to be a liar and that his own attorneys admitted he lied and have apologized for the accusations they helped spread.

  2. RIP Corey Haim says:

    So proud of Egan for bringing to light what Corey Feldman should have done years ago. Goddard had a business with Michael Jackson, & worked with/partner with convicted pedophiles Collins & Shackley. Neuman also worked at DEN with these pedophiles. Look, Gary is so guilty of child molestation there is no contesting it. Gary Singer is a sick, child molesting freak. He has (probably now had or will fly out of the country) parties w/all young guys, he offers them coke, alcohol, opiates, etc. He has been seen going into his bedroom with a wasted, out of it underage teen by many people who will start talking to Egan’s attorney-they already have been. He flys different, young, sometimes underage teen boys with other predatory gay men out of the country for vacations where they use these young teens with promises of movie roles, cash, acting jobs, and Bryan moves on to the next “piece of meat” soon. He has 2 men on his payroll, Johnson & Castro and their jobs are to go out and find the younger the better new meat for him to use for sex. Get real, the guy Egan is telling the truth, I hope he sends them all to jail and the FBI takes him seriously this time.

  3. reggie says:

    There are a lot of people in town very nervous right now who are hoping their exploits are not exposed. There are a number of older, closeted gay execs who flash cash at young men to come to private pool parties or out of town trips. This is nothing new. Most are careful not have anyone underage, but Singer is notorious in WeHo about his desire for younger men. What’s really sad is that these young men allow themselves to put in this situations with the promise of a Hollywood future and don’t realize that these people can’t destroy their careers or possibility of their careers as they threaten. There are plenty of other ways to get into the industry without demeaning yourself, but many are too foolish to realize it.

  4. Mike says:

    Wow lots of you are ready to send Bryan to prison or just BELIVE what this guy has to say with really no proof yet. First let me say this my wife has worked for FBI for 17 years 8 of them on sex crimes that’s about the max most agents can spend in that area before it really starts to ware you out I’ll tell if there was any evidence at all that his mom brought to them they would went after Bryan singer hard and probably would be in jail right now locale cops I can’t speak for but FBI do that that stuff very serious no matter who it is DOJ lawyers will always go after those case because love to be on TV as much as they can. Don’t you guys think timing little funny right before the biggest X-man movie ever and now come to found out right before some documentary that his is interviewed in comes out I mean come on that is very fishy just timing with X-man felt like set up now the other film. And why know why not in 2000 when he went after everyone else was because Singer was not big enough name yet or is because he does not have much of case just few witness that say Singer was in Hawaii at the time and if does come out he was filming X-man at the time not even in Hawaii then what there no smoking gun here not even close if there was FBI would nailed him to the wall and remember its a lot easier to win civil case then criminal I think we should wait till there is some type of evidence provided before we say he is gully some guy and his mom and sleazy lawyer giving few press conferences is not evidence. Just saying

    • Jimbone says:

      Geez, for having a wife that I’m sure must be very smart you are truly an idiot. Can you not type without using run on sentences, punctuation, etc? USE PERIODS DAMMIT

  5. Kevin says:

    Daaaamn!! This is definitely going to be horrendously ugly for Bryan Singer’s seeming image as a pri- vate and introspective cinematic guru of a huge and consistently impressive comic-related cinematic
    franchise. His family-friendly cred will ultimately go head-first into a backed-up public Port-a Potty.
    At first, even Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan-two of the world’s most well-respected veteran actors, who are the literal nucleus of the X-Men films-will adamantly defend their directorial colleague and long-
    time friend against the upcoming onslaught. Unfortunately, with the inevitable weight of pending litiga-
    tion that will be stacked on top of the already incriminating-if conveniently timed-sexual-assault accusa- tions and this take-no-prisoners documentary, implicating him as a child molester, this guys status as a
    one-man Hollywood cottage industry could soon be condemned and demolished Mel Gibson-style.
    Most of all, my sincere hope is that Bryan didn’t commit these vile acts on some scared, naive boy. As an ardent lifelong fan of superhero comics and their movie and TV adaptions, it would just absolutely
    suck to pass on such a coveted and eagerly awaited fantasy blockbuster as “X-Men: Days of Future
    Past” in favor of not supporting a probable and possibly soon-to-be-convicted child abuser/molester.
    Nuff said!

  6. peter says:

    Of course it also has to do with guilt or innocence. What planet are you on? I live in Hollywood.

  7. peter says:

    Ronny, you’ve been with Singer constantly, all the time, so you’re so certain he’s innocent? If Bryan Singer is guilty in any of this, even with other boys, other times, other places, I hope the authorities nail Bryan Singer’s nasty, fat ass to the nearest tree.

  8. “Herman could not say why the plaintiffs’ attorney in that case did not pursue a claim against Singer back then.” Who is this Herman, who is not mentioned anywhere else in this article?

  9. Ivan says:

    Younger people cozying up with powerful types? It’s been around as long as … well, forever. Now when does it move from a mutually agreeable arrangement to abuse? There is a huge difference in power. However, there is also no shortage of people who enjoy being a boy toy and all that goes with it. It’s difficult question, that I won’t judge without all the facts.

    • do not blame the victims says:

      The crime occurs when the young person is a minor and therefore the sex cannot be consensual and is an abuse situation. Minors do not have the capacity to enter into a contract to purchase good as the law understands they don’t have the maturity or capacity to always make sound & reasonable decisions. These men are accused of providing drugs & alcohol to these young teens, & sometimes the teens woke up in bed next to one of these Hollywood exec.’s not remembering anything that occurred the night before-isn’t that frightening? They are drugging & raping these teens. Adults have no business inviting underage teens to their parties, and having sex with them makes them nothing more than pedophiles who belong in jail.

    • ICYNDICEY says:

      It becomes abuse when it’s a minor, nimrod. Their libidos are not fully developed nor their reasoning faculties. I don’t care if the minor is gay, or if they agreed to it. You are engaging in sex with a person who is underage who hasn’t fully developed in all aspects. What kind of real man has sex with a child? The reason they do it is because they fear getting old and in essence are trying to steal their youth. Not only are they pedophiles, but they are psychic wraiths as well. They can hide behind their “wealth” and “power” all they want, but in the end G-d and the universe knows what they did, and they will be dealt with accordingly.

  10. Finn says:

    Bryan singer did not direct the pilot of Black Box as even a cursory look at imdb would tell you. His name was paid for as a vanity addition as ep, a common practice. He did not develop the project and has had no Involvement apart for being paid for the use of his name. He never visited set or gave a single note of any kind. Simon Curtis directed the pilot.

  11. Kevin says:

    Just read the Los Angeles Times articles about Digital Entertainment Network’s implosion that are floating around now. It is very clear that there are very powerful people involved in the company before it exploded because the founder used it mostly as a way to facilitate the rape of children, and it is also very clear that some of those powerful people probably participated in the pedophilia which was rampant in the company.

  12. peter says:

    Emogene, I think you are right. Even if Egan hasn’t a strong case, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. From what I read, all kinds of ugly shit will come out about Singer and his criminal/pervert, circle of friends over the past decade. Unless Bryan Singer has enough power, connections, and money to make them go away real quickly.

  13. Imogene says:

    If this was a bogus allegation and Egan had no real merrit…
    Singer would not be backing down from appearances…
    Networks would not be worried that Singer is ExEc-Producer in two different pilots. His name had already been moved by one.
    If this was just some bogus charge that someone is looking to get attention for…
    All of the very serious actions taken against Singer professionally would not be happening.
    People speak of why would Egan or younger kids go to these parties to begin with. Minus the alleged sexual abuse…etc.
    Who wouldn’t be tempted to go to a lavish party with Hollywoods elite. Especially young aspiring actors. They probably thought this could be their big break or be discovered…or maybe just wanted to party. Bottom line, no matter why they were there, if that abuse did happen…nobody should be looked at as they were “asking for it “…
    It’s judgements like this, that make it so hard for the victims to come forth in the first place.
    Nobody wins here.

    • Chris says:

      You’ve clearly never worked in any industry dealing with the media or public relations. He backed out of events because the lawsuit would be a distraction from the movie, which is the real point of those events. It has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.

  14. Dead In Hell says:

    Yeah, no. Real sexual abuse is a serious criminal allegation. Not something you wait over a decade to file as a LAWSUIT against the object of your accusations conveniently timed to what is likely the biggest release in his entire film career.

  15. April 16. Hey, do you really believe this guy’s story? Come on! Do you really think stuff like this ever happens? Have ANY young girls ever been abused, ever, by relatives, family friends, step fathers? Have Catholic priests ever abused young boys. The FBI lady says the FBI never looks the other way. Marty Singer told us the alligations are a mere publicity stunt. After all that you still believe what this guy and his sexual abuse expert attorney from Florida have to say. Look, people in this world just do not do despicable things to other people, especially children. Cops never really execute young black and Latino kids or homeless people. City Officials consistently look out for the well-being of regular folks. Corporations are very nice people too. Sure one Taliban guy recently shot a girl in the face cuz she likes school. But that was just an isolated case. People just do not bad stuff to other people. They just don’t.

    • You are the perfectly reconstructed mind of a well moderated American media consumer. Thanks for you positive reaffirmations about so many things. I’m so tired of all these suspicious people thinking politicians are crooks, thinking cops might commit violence and then lie, and most of all believing bad things about our beloved Hollywood. I live in Hollywood (not the town, the state of mind) and know first hand it’s a wholesome place. Keep up the lucidity. It’s so refreshing.

  16. Ronny says:

    It’s Bullshit. Bryan Singer is innocent. If you believe in the accusation, i’m sorry to tell you, but you are a fool.

  17. astro says:

    There is this thing called defamation that she better look out for. Sorry but I’m not buying the Hollywood=Church analogy. People voluntarily going to debauched parties then wondering what the heck happened last night doesn’t come off as equivalent to being abused by a religious authority in the light of day.
    Regarding Egan, even if everything he said were true, he and his parents exercised bad judgment to the point of not being credible. He comes off as a kid looking sleep his way to success.

  18. Jason says:

    The last innocent an unsuspecting would-be actor in Hollywood died before silent films went out. Someone or other cherishes a myth a bit too much.

  19. Chris says:

    She better be careful — TMZ is reporting that Bryan Singer has proof he wasn’t in Hawaii on the dates in question. He was in Toronto for pre-production on X-Men. If that is true, both the accuser and this film could be in hot water.

  20. PETER says:

    I believe Egan. He was not only a kid and apparently without a father figure, but Egan was also innocent, inexperienced with Hollywood industry, power perverts. Scum like Bryan Singer throw everything at the unknowing boy to get the boy to sexually submit–money, show of power and success, promises, physical threats, and the boften believes it and submits. Creeps like Bryan S. and his friends are very well versed in boy seduction. And don’t see anything unusual about their perversions.

  21. Donovan says:

    Interesting that Apt Pupil gets brought up. If I’m not mistaken that was a film where 17 year old Brad Renfro is actually nude in the film. That poor child actor was probably a hot commodity under the Hollywood elite. No wonder he was on drugs and died at such a young age. These pervy Hollywood types with their sick addictions and no one does anything about it cause money talks.

  22. Charles says:

    She may want to wait until more info comes to light. If the allegations against Singer are in the movie and they turn out to be BS, it’s going to hurt her credibility.

  23. Janet J. says:

    The plot thickens. Now we know why Singer hasn’t settled out of court for this one. If there is a dockumentary and he knows about there was no point in settling.

  24. James Patrick Rogan says:

    She didn’t win, And that good to know

  25. Victoria says:

    So it sounds like other alleged victims of Singer have contacted Berg?

    Her “Deliver Us From Evil” should have won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

  26. fanya says:

    I wonder if this film will touch on “family ties” in Hollywood? How does a man spend 12 years with a woman, leave the woman and then marry her daughter who practically grew up up around him? People keep telling us who they are and we refuse to listen.

  27. Lisa says:

    I can’t judge, but Singer was accused before. It may or may not be true, but where there is smoke there is fire. Let’s hope justice is served. But one thing puzzles me, and I’m not blaming the boy, but how could his mother let him go alone?
    I wonder how Ms Berg’s film will contribute to evidence. The plot thickens….

  28. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    These cases are almost always settled out of court. The damage is done here. His directing and producing will be determined by public opinion. Hopefully a FBI investigation will ease the pain if any abuse did happen.

  29. Michael Anthony says:

    This has more info than stories yesterday. If Egan filed suit against this other man in 2000, it boggles the mind that the LAPD or FBI, especially them, would ignore his complaints that same year about Singer?? Sorry, that’s beyond comprehension.
    And, more importantly, he filed that other suit in 2000. That was about abuse, thus he knows what abuse entails. Late claim sexual abuse civil suits are usually tossed, IF the accuser is aware it was abuse for many years. (That allows children to become adults and then pursue claims).
    The last few days his attorney portrayed him as someone deeply ashamed and someone who buried this deeply when ignored by the authorities. Sorry. That doesn’t work when you’ve already been a complaintant in a case over a decade ago! (I believe it happened. I don’t believe that he was afraid to do anything and that his mother and him just let the matter drop after being ignored in 2000. Him, maybe. His mom? No way!).

  30. James says:

    Where are all those celebrity friends of his speaking out on Singer’s behalf? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    • astro says:

      You have to be kidding me. No one is going to touch this. I don’t think Egan is credible, but Singer left himself wide open.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      People don’t do that in cases like this. Its a very difficult matter, because of what it entails. Its also something attorneys also advise against. Thats why the accusers news conference was so shocking. People, and juries, have a hard time accepting their stories when they do that. Just ask many former clients if Gloria Allred.

      • Jane says:

        Oh, stuff and nonsense. Where have you been for the last 15 years, when attorneys have been routinely giving high profile press conferences in abuse cases ? In 2002 in Boston, attorney Eric MacLeish from Greenberg Traurig held a big press conference that was televised on CNN and Fox to announce the filing of civil suits against priests like the infamous priest Paul Shanley. The top attorneys for victims of priests like Jeff Anderson in Minnesota and Mitch Garabedian routinely hold big press conferences. It always works out well for them.
        They did a TV movie.based on the Boston priests cases called “Our Fathers” and how they went after Cardinal Law. Attorney Garbedian was played by Ted Danson.

        Orange County attorney John Manley, who is in Amy Berg’s Academy Award nominated “Deliver Us From Evil” and who represented victims of the disturbed Oliver O’grady always holds press conferences and he has a very successful practice.

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