In the last couple of days Bryan Singer has gone from someone preparing to release the biggest movie of his career, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, to facing very serious allegations over sex abuse of a minor, said to have taken place in 1999 in Hawaii and LA.
It’s now been revealed, according to The Daily Mail, that the accuser, Michael F. Egan, has been co-operating with Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil) on a new documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Berg says she has been working on the project for the past two years. It’s reported that she was surprised that Michael Egan went public with his lawsuit against Bryan Singer, although due to Hawaii law, he only had until April 26th to file due to a temporary extension of the statute of limitation. It isn’t known if Michael Egan has been interviewed on camera for the documentary, or what his involvement will be.
An unidentified source close to Michael Egan says, “Just this week, I got a message from [Amy Berg’s] Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew. The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this. I was close to Michael, but he didn’t confess any of this to me until 2012. I don’t know the specifics, what the person’s name was, I just knew that one of his close friends was in that whole scene with him. Michael has lots of psychological issues, he’s a messed up person. He told me all of his issues were down to this.”
Singer is strongly contesting all allegations against him, and the latest reports say he is planning to prove that he wasn’t even in Hawaii during the 1999 timeframe the events are supposed to have taken place. TMZ says he will file receipts and bills proving he was in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie at the time.
Egan’s lawyer says this is just the first of several lawsuits he plans to file featuring prominent Hollywood names, with the others being revealed in the next few days (again because of the April 26th deadline).