Michael Egan, who is suing X-Men director Bryan Singer for allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was a minor, says he spent nearly a decade trying to repress the memory of the experience.
‘I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could,’ he said at a press conference (see video below). ‘I developed a problem with drinking to numb that pain for years.’
‘About two years ago, I decided to completely stop the drinking and 11 months ago, I walked into my first trauma therapy (session).’
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Egan was involved in a lswsuit filed in 2000 over sexual abuse but Singer was not named it it.
Singer’s attorney, Martin Singer (no relation) told The Reporter that it is ‘clear that these statements are fabricated.’
‘If Bryan had done anything wrong, he would have been included in the previous lawsuit,’ he said.
Singer’s attorney vowed to bring a claim for malicious prosecution against Egan and his attorney.
‘This matter is nothing more than the attorney seeking to get his 15 minutes of fame by sending out a press release … and following up with a press conference today,’ attorney Singer stated. ‘Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences.’
At the press conference, Egan described being subjected to what he called ‘threat sessions’ that took place in 1999 when he was a 17 year old aspiring actor who had moved to Los Angeles from Nebraska.
He says he was told: ‘At the end of the day if you don’t keep the members of this group happy – we control Hollywood – we can eliminate you – we will eliminate you.’
Egan painted a vivid picture of what it was like when he visited the house in Encino where the assaults allegedly took place.
‘At the house I had drugs put in drinks, I had liquor poured down my throat,’ he claims. ‘There were rules in the house of no swimsuits, no clothes out by the pool area. I was raped numerous times in that house by numerous individuals. Various types of sexual abuse all throughout that house. You were like a piece of meat to these people and they passed you around between them. If I can define what that house was – it’s evil.’
Now 31, Egan told People.com that he’s taking action now after realizing ‘there’s no justice for anything that ever happened to me.’