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Tom Daley’s boyfriend denies he is to be quizzed as character witness in sex abuse X-Men case

April 24, 2014

Dustin Lance Black has denied reports he is to be called as a character witness in the sex abuse trial of X-Men director Bryan Singer.

The Mirror published claims on Tuesday that the screenwriter would be named as a character witness.

Last week, Michael Egan filed a legal claim against Singer, alleging the director forced him into sex during parties when Mr Egan was 17-years-old.

The former teenage actor is seeking more than $300,000 (£178,321) in damages.

Singer strenuously denies the allegations.

The names of three US television executives were added to Mr Egan’s legal case earlier this week.

A lawyer for Mr Egan had earlier confirmed the intention to call on Dustin Lance Black, telling the paper: “I intend to take ­depositions [statements] of all individuals who may have relevant information, including Singer’s friends.”

However, yesterday a spokesman for Black said there “was no truth to reports” that he was to be called as a character witness.

The Mail reports Black is close to Singer, considering him a mentor figure, and has been seen attending a pool party hosted by the director, who has strenuously denied the allegations.

There is no suggestion Black had any knowledge or was present at the time of the alleged abuse.

More: dustin lance black, gay director, The Mail, The Mirror, tom daley, US, X-Men, X-Men director

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