(LOS ANGELES) — Bryan Singer says he will not participate in promotional events for his upcoming X-Men film in light of the sex abuse allegations made against him in a lawsuit.
The director says in a statement released to media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Egan’s allegations “are outrageous, vicious and completely false.”
Singer says he does not want the “fictitious” claims to distract from his new film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, so out of respect for all of the actors and crew members who worked on it, he will not take part in upcoming media events for the movie.
He adds, “However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.
Egan, 31, claims he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15. He also filed similar lawsuits against Hollywood executives Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard.
All of the defendants have denied the allegations.
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