New Amy Berg doc about Hollywood sex abuse involves Bryan Singer accuser

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Director Amy Berg attends the "Every Secret Thing" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
Director Amy Berg attends the “Every Secret Thing” Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC.(Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

Director Amy Berg is currently promoting her crime film, “Every Secret Thing,” at the Tribeca film festival, but her other film, that for now, shall remain nameless, because well, it doesn’t have a name yet, is likely to make a much bigger splash.

That’s because “Untitled Hollywood Sex Abuse Project,” as it’s being called, will likely include the plaintiff from a high-profile lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer, the Daily Mail reports. Berg runs Disarming Films, and she told the Daily Mail she has been working on the film for two years. Michael Egan is suing Singer for $300,000 for infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion if privacy by unreasonable intrusion. Egan accuses the director and other Hollywood power players of using drugs, alcohol and threats to sexually assault him and other young boys in the late 1990s when he was a teenager and aspiring actor.

Said the Mail:

A source close to Egan told MailOnline they had been approached by the film company, saying: ‘Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles.
‘They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew.
‘The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this.
‘I was close to Michael, but he didn’t confess any of this to me until 2012. I don’t know the specifics, what the person’s name was, I just knew that one of his close friends was in that whole scene with him.’

Last week was not a good one for Singer, whose latest project, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” opens next month. The Wrap gained access to the full lawsuit and posted the documents online. It alleges that Singer forced Egan to drink alcohol and take cocaine, and that Singer raped Egan and that others threatened Egan’s family and threatened to ruin Egan’s career if he ever came forward.

Singer has denied the charges through his attorney, Martin Singer. 

“We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” Martin Singer told The Wrap. “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.”

Berg is known for her film “Deliver Us From Evil,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about the sex abuse scandal and cover-up in the Catholic Church and for “West of Memphis,” which tells the story of three child murders in West Memphis, Ark.

Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing Underage Boy Pt. 1 (TheWrap)

 

h/t Slashfilm

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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