X-Men director Bryan Singer hit by second sex abuse lawsuit
Gay X-Men director Bryan Singer is the subject of a second sex abuse lawsuit.
The director was last month hit by a lawsuit from Michael Egan, who claims he was sexually assaulted by Singer in Hawaii in 1999, when he was just 17.
Singer withdrew from media promotion of X-Men: Days of Future Past over the claims, fearing he would be “diverting attention” from the film.
He strongly denied the claims, labelling it a “sick twisted shake down”.
An anonymous British man has today come forward to allege abuse by Singer and theatre producer Gary Goddard, in a case filed by the same lawyer as Egan’s.
According to the BBC, he alleges that when he was aged 17 Singer forced him into sexual acts at a Superman after-party in London, and on another occasion attempted to rape him.
Despite the age of consent in London being 16, the suit argues that California’s age of consent – 18 – should apply, because Singer and Goddard allegedly planned their abuse there.
Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer said: “After the substance of [lawyer for both claimants Jeff Herman]’s previous defamatory and fabricated filing in Hawaii was disproved based on unassailable evidence, Mr. Herman’s desperation has led him to fabricate these new anonymous accusations against Mr. Singer, which we will also prove to be completely false”
In his case, Egan, is seeking more than $75,000 (£44,500) for each of the four charges, listed as battery, assault, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.