X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing former child model and aspiring actor Michael Egan III in the 1990s when the alleged victim was 17-years-old.

Bryan Singer Sued For Sexual Abuse

Egan, who filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, claims that Singer, 48, pressured him into sexual acts at parties in both California and Hawaii. In exchange for the sex acts, Egan was promised help in his career, including auditions for commercials and other acting jobs as well as modeling gigs, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Though Egan names Singer as one of his abusers, claiming that he threatened him if he didn’t perform as requested and gave him drugs and alcohol, Egan says that it was tech entrepreneur Marc Collins-Rector who lured him into the sex ring that included other high-profile Hollywood men.

Egan is reportedly looking to receive $75,000 for each of his four claims – intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.

Marty Singer, the director’s attorney, has flat out denied the allegations against his client, implying that they're a publicity stunt.

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," said Marty Singer. "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 the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks."

Among Singer’s best-known films, in addition to those in the X-Men franchise, include The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer.

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