Last night, news of a civil lawsuit filed against Bryan Singer went public. The shocking allegations of sexual misconduct and sodomy involving an underage boy, coupled with the general public’s predisposition to make snap judgments, led to a pretty ugly scene in many corners of the Internet. Not content to let his accuser be the only voice, however, the famed X Men and Usual Suspects director has hired lawyer to the stars Marty Singer, and both Singers would like the world to know nothing shady happened here at all.
Speaking to TMZ, lawyer Marty Singer issued a blistering statement, calling into question both the timing and the motivations of the accuser.
"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks."
The lawsuit in question was filed in Hawaii. Upon first glance, the location seems strange, but in actuality, it’s necessary for a very specific reason. The Aloha State gave alleged victims a two-year-window to file civil lawsuits, no matter how far in the past the abuse allegedly occurred, as per CNN. Since Singer supposedly went on several vacations with the plaintiff to Hawaii, it was the logical decision to go there. Just because it was logical, however, doesn’t mean the accusations are true. And what accusations they are.
The victim, who was a high school aged teenager at the time, allegedly met Bryan Singer during a series of parties at a Los Angeles area estate in which adult males supposedly preyed upon teenage boys. The director allegedly gave him drugs and alcohol and promised him a career in the movies in exchange for sexual favors. The perverse relationship allegedly took place during 1998 and 1999. It’s unclear why the victim waited so long to file a lawsuit about it, but from an outside perspective at this point, it’s very difficult to tell what really happened. We’ll just have to wait for more evidence to come out.
We’ll keep you updated on this troubling case and any ways in which it might affect the X-Men franchise moving forward.