Bryan Singer’s Attorney Planning Countersuit, Says Abuse Claims Are ‘Completely Fabricated’

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Bryan Singer’s attorney on Thursday issued a blistering response to a press conference in which a 31-year-old man accused the director of sexually assaulting him when he was a teenager.

Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that they plan to bring “a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail.”

“The claims made today about Bryan Singer are completely fabricated,” Marty Singer said.

Michael Egan appeared at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel along with his attorney, Jeff Herman.

“It is obvious that plaintiff’s attorney is not looking to litigate the case on the merits,” Marty Singer said in a statement. “This matter is nothing more than the attorney seeking to get his 15 minutes of fame by sending out a press release with his ‘media consultant’ yesterday following up with a press conference today. Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences.”

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  1. mattheww says:

    It may not matter insofar as there will already be messy depositions and intensified scrutiny into Singer’s private life regardless of what he does, but given his reputation it’s hard to see leaning IN to this scandal being a smart move. More and more people are going to come forward, and while it’s unclear at this point whether the picture they collectively paint of Singer’s conduct will rise to the level of illegality, it will definitely be unsavory to say the least

  2. Jane says:

    Good luck with a “countersuit.” If Singer has nothing to hide, why has he cancelled his media appearances this weekend?

    • rick p says:

      Maybe Bryan Singer and his lawyer, also named Singer, should be careful about threatening a counter lawsuit. Remember it’s only libelous if it is not true.

      • enough is enough says:

        Oscar Wilde countersued. Wilde was ruined & went to prison … because, in his case, the rumors were true & he had broken the law.

        Different era, different laws, yes. But the caution about countersuits remains true. The more lawyers & the more depositions & court dates that get involved, the wider the net of interviews & investigations is cast, the greater the risk that if there is any illegal behavior involved, it will be exposed.

  3. Todd Brown says:

    Folks, if you want a taste about what Bryan Singer is all about just do a google of Bryan singer and pool parties. There is disgusting pictures of him groping 14 year boys for starters. There is a lot out there on him.

    Very brave of this victim coming forward, it’s very traumatizing for them. Typically it takes many years to come forward due to threats, shame, fear and being ridiculed in public. Just look at priests who child abuse and jimmy savile in UK. It took victims sometimes 40 years because of the shame, hurt and guilt.

    I hope Singer and the abusive hollwood types that support and defend go to prison!!!

    His types must be STOPPED.

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  5. Nanny Mo says:

    Oh, I hope so. I don’t want this to be true. If it is, others will come forward. You don’t do this kind of thing once to one boy, if you really did do this kind of thing. Fingers crossed for Bryan, that truth will prevail.

  6. Joe says:

    2 questions: 1) why did he wait so long? and 2) is there any evidence other than plaintiff/victim’s testimony?

  7. JoeR says:

    One more thing…let’s not forget that Singer was not the powerhouse he is today. In 1999, X-MEN hadn’t even been released yet. Sure, he had USUAL SUSPECTS. but he wasn’t in the financial stratosphere of power.to buy off the cops. (Of course, I don’t know the going rate for the LAPD/FBI back then!)

    • Jane says:

      He didn’t wait so long. He and his mother went to both the police and the FBI on 1999. If you want to educate yourself as to why victims ” take so long” you might want to educate yourself by going over to the Male Survivor website and read Director Chris Andrsin’s statement that it takes on average 20 years for a vict to come forward. That is, if they come forward. More than 90 per cent of victims NEVER come forward because of the shame and trauma associated with the abuse. Sexual predators know this.

      In the Singer case, as the alleged victim went to the police shortly after it happened , that is very commendable.

  8. Robert Freemantle says:

    What I find interesting about this case is that the alleged victim waited so long to try again. If it fell on deaf ears as other articles report, you keep trying until someone listens. You don’t wait almost 15 years until a month or so before the person you are accusing of raping you is about to release a very high profile film and then sue for damages. C’mon…really? Also, if this happened, you were 17 years old. At 17 years old you knew what your were doing…unless you were a mental midget. So all these years later you’re going to claim that you were coerced into this situation and were forcibly made to do all sorts of drugs too. Forcibly? Did Singer hold a gun to your head and say “Snort that cocaine and then bend over?” I’m sorry…I just don’t buy it. Unless you can make with a police report from back in the day I’m calling shenanigans on the whole affair.

    • Jane says:

      Robert Freemantle:

      Read the lawsuit. It says the victim was 14 or 15 when the abuse starred.

      Did you bother to watch the press conference? The victim says he became an alcoholic and stated to deal with this when he recently became sober.

      And it’s nit at all unusual for viictims when the predator is getting publi accolades. Remember Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas?

      Also if you educator yourself about priests cases, it has often taken a promotion or award or public accede before their victims – traumatized for years- to finally get angry to speak up.

    • Robert Freemantle says:

      And for the record, I’m not saying SInger isn’t guilty of surrounding himself with twinks. I’m just saying that the story sounds fishy…that’s all. It’s sounds like someone is just looking to get paid.

  9. NT says:

    Funny how everyone KNOWS this was happening and nobody did a thing. It seems to me this type of behavior is condoned and accepted in Hollywood. That is a bigger issue than whether Bryan Singer has to pay out some of his millions or not.

  10. Spike says:

    Is this just posturing and sabre-rattling? We shall see. Hey, Herman, bring forth the witnesses. Otherwise, It’s just he said/he said. And earlier, did plaintiff file a complaint with the LAPD about, specifically, Bryan Singer raping him? And did he keep a copy of the police report that was filed? Or was there a police report filed? And was an FBI agent’s report filed and did plaintiff keep a copy of that. It’s gonna come down to copies of police reports and testimony of eye witnesses.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      The attorneys on both sides always posture like this and make their side appear invulnerable. I don’t doubt that they must have something from 1999, otherwise its totally destructive to your case. Do I believe its as sensational as the accusers attorney says? No, and therein lies the problem. I dont believe its that bad. LAPD ignores the entire thing, along with the FBI? Mom never says another thing? Allows son out, unsupervised, after hearing he’s being abused? Never follows up? Never goes to press? What us Moms reason for letting the whole thing drop for the next 15 years? If you read the actual court filing, no mother, after going to police, would not followup and allow this to go on.

      • enough is enough says:

        You don’t know the Egans’ complete story, so all you are doing is speculating as to what happened after they initially contacted the authorities.

        I can think of a couple of reasons why a mother would not follow up on something like this. But since I don’t know the Egans’ story either, I’m not going to speculate.

        What I will do is refrain from making definitive, absolute pronouncements like you are doing: NO ONE does x … EVERYONE does y … THERE IS NO WAY THAT ANYONE WOULD z … THEY ALWAYS blah blah blah.

        Human beings are complex. And never more complex than when subjected to the extreme margins of behavior. Extreme behavior, of which sexual abuse is but one example, typically creates all kinds internal conflict, where “normal” standards of reason and logic do not apply with regard to motives, choices and behavior.

        To sit at a distance pronouncing upon complete strangers like you are some kind of god or omniscient narrator living inside their heads & knowing their hearts is, at the very least, foolish errancy, and quite possibly worse. At any rate it should be avoided. You are not a god. You are not the all-seeing, all-knowing shrink to mankind with the always-correct reading of the interpretation of every act and gesture. Best not to pretend you have these powers because you don’t.

  11. Glenn C. says:

    Good that they too will counteract against these money hungry game players. It is odd for the other lawyer to be holding already press conferences at a five star hotel!

  12. JoeR says:

    “Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences”…and BINGO!

    • Bill says:

      Not “bingo.” It could also be that there is an extreme power imbalance between attoryney’s client and the accused. Given the fact that LAPD was unhelpful (as usual,) they are on their own and need to make use of any avenue to be heard.

  13. PETER says:

    Really? We’ll see about that. You mean that Bryan Singer has never pulled some shit with vulnerable, ingnorant teenagers new in town and new the way of the business? I don’t know. You in Los Angeles that know Bryan Singer or his intimate crowd, tell me.

    • Liz says:

      Peter, if that IS your name, your passion with regard to this story makes me wonder if YOU are involved in this SCAM. Might you be the money-hungry, actor wannabe ACCUSER himself?

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