I've just read the thirteen page law suit filing against director Bryan Singer and it's as detailed as a movie script with production cues. Now, I'm neither a lawyer nor a Hollywood insider but I've covered my share of legal cases and have spent time on more than a few movie sets. So, while I don't take sides in this law suit (brought 15 years after the alleged, recurring sexual attacks) I do think there is enough alleged to make some in Hollywood nervous.
The descriptive filing paints a picture of lewd excess, involving drugs, alcohol, forced sodomy and even a threat enforced by gun barrel. The plaintiff, Michael Egan, says it has taken him more than a decade to come to grips with what he endured and that is why he is suing Singer now. Singer's attorney says it's all a lie and, in a statement, continued, "It's 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…". "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is opening next month; the latest of many in the X-Men franchise that Singer has helmed.
As for the suit, its detail, one legal expert we interviewed on Studio 11 LA told us, adds to its credibility. But attorney Leo Terrell also agreed the timing of the suit may offset that credibility. In either event, such claims will need witnesses who will testify. And that is the one thing that has kept most complaints against the entertainment industry elite out of courtrooms. Movie production may be running away to other towns and countries but Hollywood is still a small community and no one wants to be kicked out for testifying about a star's proclivities or twisted behaviors.
Egan's attorney however, who specializes in representing sex abuse victims, has said this suit will expose that this kind of sordid behavior has long been known by and condoned by studio execs wanting to protect profits. One attorney's veiled threat is not going to make major studio heads panic. But it's still an ugly allegation that no one wants to field. Is debauchery still alive and unwell in Hollywood? Google it. Should we care? That's a personal choice—until that behavior becomes criminal and creates victims and physical or psychological scars that may never heal.
This may not be one of those times. But this suit is certainly a shot across the bow that has the attention of more than just Bryan Singer.