- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The director of the upcoming “X-Men” film is calling a lawsuit that accuses him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown.

Bryan Singer wrote in a statement released Thursday that he’s avoiding promotional events for his upcoming film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to avoid distracting from the movie.

His statement comes a week after he was sued by Michael Egan III in Hawaii in a case that accuses the director of sexually abusing Egan there when he was 17 years old.


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Singer’s attorney has denied that the director was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse occurred.

The director’s statement says he expects the allegations will be revealed to be a “sick, twisted shakedown.”

An email sent to Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, was not immediately returned.