- This just in April 24
Last week, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy on multiple occasions, in a series of abuses that reportedly first began in 1998. Singer's lawyer has since issued a statement denying the validity of the accusation, but Singer himself hadn't spoke publicly — until today, when he personally denied the charges and revealed that he'll be dropping out of the promotional campaign for the X-Men sequel.
"The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious, and completely false," said Singer in a statement. "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 shakedown it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support."
Since making his initial allegations against Singer, accuser Michael Egan has also filed additional lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by three other Hollywood executives: Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard, and David Neuman.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The 11 worst fast food restaurants in America
- I hate Ayn Rand — but here's why my fellow conservatives love her
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- Why Peter Capaldi has a bigger challenge than any Doctor Who in history
- The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- A scientific fact-check of 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The secret to Gabrielle Hamilton's amazing grilled cheese sandwiches
- Why are so many parents being arrested?
Subscribe to the Week