X-Men: Days of Future Past, which releases today, has already wowed those lucky enough to see it, with some even going so far to say it's the 'best superhero movie ever'. However, I doubt Bryan Singer can take much time to enjoy this success as he also has to tackle with claims he sexually assaulted an underage teenager in 1999.
The claims, which were made by plaintiff Michael Egan, allege Singer and others abused him between August 1999 and October 1999 in Hawaii. Singer was forced to drop out of promoting the release of [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), but now the film is in theaters, he seems content to fight back with his own motion.
Variety reports that on Wednesday, Singer's lawyers delivered a suit to the Federal Court in Hawaii requesting that the case, filed last month, be dismissed. It is claimed that Singer wasn't in Hawaii at the times of the allegations but was instead moving between Canada, California and New England while filming the first X-Men movie.
His attorneys also suggest Egan's original suit was timed to gain maximum publicity ahead of X-Men: Days of Future Past's release. Perhaps in order to force Singer into making a speedy and extravagant out of court settlement to quiet the accusations and avoid tarnishing the film's chances at the box office. As it turns out, Days of Future Past is certainly expected to make at least $100 million over the weekend. The motion states:
The timing of this action and inclusion of its sordid (and provably false) allegations are nothing more than tools being used to embarrass, harass, and pressure Singer and precipitate a shakedown of a perceived ‘deep pocket,
Egan filed four abuse suits in April against Singer, Gary Goddard, Garth Ancier and David Neuman. It is claimed all the defendants collaborated in forcing underage teenagers into sex and drug parties in Hawaii. The suit also mentions former Digital Entertainment Network executive and convicted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector in each complaint, although he himself has not had a suit filed against him.
So far, there has been no comment or decision made by the Federal Court.
What do you think? Have these currently unproven claims affected your decision to see Days of Future Past?
Will you be seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past?
Source: Variety (via ComicBook.com)