'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Finally Addresses Sexual Abuse Claims

A week after Michael F. Egan III brought a civil suit against X-Men: Days of Future Past director for alleged sexual abuse, Bryan Singer has finally broken his silence and released a statement. Speaking via press release, the director asserted that the claims brought against him are "outrageous, vicious and completely false" while also bowing out of the upcoming press and media events associated with the film.

The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I've decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.

The suit asserts that Singer, alongside three other Hollywood bigwigs Egan's lawyer has filed lawsuits against — television executive Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman, and Broadway producer Gary Goddard — sexually assaulted Egan on numerous occasions in California and Hawaii for two years. At the time, Egan was 15 when the alleged conduct began, which includes rape, forced drug and alcohol use, and several other extremely graphic scenarios.

Egan's lawyer asserts that he has eyewitnesses to Singer's presence at 1999 sex parties in Hawaii, even though Singer's lawyer Marty Singer claims there are documents that prove Singer was not in Hawaii at the time. Recently, Disney star Matthew Smith came out in defense of Singer. So don't expect this story to go away anytime soon.