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‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor Again – LAPD Ignored 1999 Allegations

Director, Bryan Singer

Director, Bryan Singer

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X-Men director Bryan Singer faces allegations that he sexually abused a 15 year old boy in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday. The suit alleges that Singer forcibly sodomized Michael Egan (now in his 30s), when he was 15 and that they had numerous sexual encounters over the next two years. The suit describes parties at a California mansion where drugs and liquor were used to take advantage of young boys sexually.

The lawsuit is quite graphic in describing the main incident, stating that Singer plied the plaintiff drugs and alcohol in order to allegedly sexually and psychologically abuse Egan.

via: Variety.com

“…an alcoholic beverage . . . and mentioned finding a role for him in an upcoming movie that he was directing.. Defendant Singer solicited plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him, which plaintiff resisted…Singer flagrantly disregarded plaintiff’s unwillingness to submit, and forced plaintiff’s head underwater to make plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, defendant Singer demanded that he continue which plaintiff refused…Defendant Singer then forced plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized plaintiff.”

A lawyer for Singer issued a statement which states in part,

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit… We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”

Egan’s lawyer is Jeff Herman, known for bringing suit against Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash.  He stated,

“Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children…This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”

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While Singer has not been directly accused of abuse of a minor before, there were allegations of inappropriate handling of minor actors’ nudity on the set of Singer’s film, Apt Pupil,  wherein three young actors were allegedly told to disrobe completely for a scene without warning. The actors’ families brought a lawsuit against the production company that was later settled. It’s important to note that the LAPD was made aware of the accusations back in 1999, as per Variety’s article.

While this suit has not yet gone to court it is just the latest in a long line of tales of Hollywood star-makers leveraging their power over young people to exploit them sexually and emotionally. Going back to the Roman Polanski incident in the 70s, it seems that the casting couch has become even more insidious for minors. Drugs, liquor and promises of fame are used to oppress and abuse these children and youths when they are far from willing participants.

For years there have been whispers that a certain Nickelodeon mega hit producer has allegedly sexually victimized many of the stars of his shows. Power corrupts, but it seems if even a fraction of the stories that slip out are true, the people in power in Hollywood were probably pretty damn corrupt when they got to power.  Not helping the abusive culture are many of the stage parents who seem more than willing to whore their children out to ride the fame they may get in return.

Marc Collins-Rector's 2007 Mugshot

Marc Collins-Rector’s 2007 Mugshot

 

Also disturbing is the naming of Marc Collins-Rector, former chairman of the Digital Entertainment Network, in the Singer suit as well. Collins-Rector has been convicted of sexual crimes against minors in the past according to Variety.  Even if Singer is cleared of the accusations there is some level of guilt by association that has to be questioned.  Who knows that these  go on? Everyone? If so, those who don’t stop them are just as guilty as the perpetrators themselves.

Let it be noted, that a handful of folks in Hollywood are referring to these most recent accusations of abuse as nothing more than a “shakedown“.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What are your thoughts? Innocent until proven guilty? Or is Hollywood (and everyone involved, past and present) merely sweeping sexual abuse under the red carpet once again?

Lupita Nyong’o Fashion Round-Up!

Luminous.

Luminous.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o has become fashion’s favorite newbie, turning heads and breaking hearts at major awards shows. Nyong’o always out-shines EVERYONE ELSE on the red carpet and never shies away from bright colors, which are enhanced with her complexion. She chooses sexy but stylish silhouettes and has worn many designers, but seems to favorite the designs of Miuccia Prada

Lupita’s breakout performance as Patsy in the critically acclaimed ‘12 Years A Slave‘ has earned her a handful of nominations, including an Oscar nod. At Thursday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, she won the first of I hope many awards for Best Supporting Actress for this film. She also wowed again in a custom, white Calvin Klein dress.

Here’s a look at some of her other big fashion moments!

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 That stunning, red Ralph Lauren from the Golden Globes.

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A tuxedo style dress by Prabal Gurung she wore to the Governor’s Awards last November.

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This Lanvin number at the BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, also in November.

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Here she is in Chanel with Anna Wintour. Let’s hope this leads to a big Vogue feature, or cover!

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A bright yellow J. Mendel dress at the Hollywood Film Awards in October.

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For the L.A. premiere of ‘12 Years,’ she wore this Miu Miu dress, and now is one of the stars for the brand’s Spring ads.

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Bright, blue Roland Mouret at the New York Film Festival.

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The look that made everyone pay attention, white and gold by Prada at Toronto premiere of ‘12 Years.’

Bonus, cuz i think Jared Leto’s trying to get them drawz…

Oh, Jared.

Oh, Jared. (Get it, Lupita!)

Photos courtesy of zimbio.com

[Editor's Note: Once again, Brittani made me snort/choke-laugh with her "drawz" remark. p.s. NO ONE--and I mean NO. ONE. is working the red carpet like Lupita right now. She is completely elegant, on trend and utter perfection. The End. - DivaJulia]

Seth Rogen And James Franco See Kanye’s ‘Bound2′, Raise The Bar With ‘Bound3′

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OMG. O.M.G. So, apparently, Seth Rogen and James Franco had a little spare time on their hands during their current production of ‘The Interview’, right? And, clearly, the best use of that time was to take the piss out of Kanye West‘s and Kim Kardashian‘s already hilarious video, ‘Bound2′. BUT THEY DO IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE REST OF US.

From beginning to end, ‘Bound3′ is an exact mirror of ‘Bound2′, right down to Seth’s sex kitten faces to the camera and them humping atop a motorcycle. I cannot. There are tears of mirth still drying on my cheeks as I type this.

As hilarious as this spoof is, it manages to be better than the original for several reasons: 1) Seth and James are in on ridiculous they look yet they commit 100% as all great comedians do, 2) The filming doesn’t look as cheap as ‘Bound2′s does, and 3) It’s a big “fuck you” to any inevitable temper tantrums that may arise from the West camp. Just…watch it and try not to wet your pants.