In April of last year, mere weeks away from the release of his superhero blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer was faced with a scandal after being accused of of the sexual assault of a minor from over a decade prior.
The slanderous allegations stated that Singer and other male executives in Hollywood drugged the underage actor, Michael Egan, and forced him to perform sexual acts in Hawaii back 1999. At the time, Singer called these accusations, "outrageous, vicious and completely false" and a "sick, twisted shakedown," but it wasn't until a few months later that Singer's name was cleared.
Due to the strategic timing of the lawsuit and the severe lack of evidence, it became increasingly clear that Singer was being wrongfully accused. When it was clear that Egan's allegations were not substantiated. Eventually, when he realized that the court was not going to view things in his favor, Egan withdrew his allegations against Singer and the courts dropped the lawsuit.
About eight months after dropping his lawsuit against the [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) director, Egan is on the wrong side of the once law again after pleading guilty for investment fraud in a North Carolina courtroom, proving once again that his other accusations were a money-grabbing attempt.
Egan claimed to own seven million dollars in assets, and used that money to leverage more funds from investors, between 2007 and 2012, before being caught. He now faces up to five years behind bars.
Although we now know that Egan's defamatory claims were untrue, this most recent run-in with the court systems makes them seem more absurd. Although there is no way of knowing with absolute certainty whether or not Egan's claims were true, the timing of his allegations and his other issues with lying to investors and the courts does make him sound like a conman.
While it's an absolute shame that Singer's name and career was forced to face these libelous allegations, and it was an awful process to be put through, at least we now have some assurance of how wrong they likely were. I'm excited to see even more from Singer when [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) is released around this time next year.