Bryan Singer‘s lawyer, Marty Singer, said new revelations that sex abuse accuser Michael Egan filed a lawsuit against two alleged pedophiles in 2000 but did not name the director is a “smoking gun” that proves his client’s innocence.
“He filed a lawsuit with identical language and claims? That’s a smoking gun,” Marty Singer told TheWrap.
Singer was referring to a suit that Egan filed along with two other plaintiffs in 2000, which Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, mentioned in a press conference Thursday. (Herman said previously that the suit was filed in 2001, but court documents obtained by TheWrap list a July 20, 2000 filing date.)
That lawsuit was filed against Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, the men who allegedly initiated the abuse and lived in the estate where the underage sex parties supposedly took place. Herman said a default judgment was made in the plaintiffs’ favor, because Collins-Rector and Shackley had fled the country amid this and other civil and criminal pedophilia charges.
But the 2000 suit did not name Bryan Singer.
Marty Singer also questioned the intentions behind Herman sending a press release upon filing the suit and holding a news conference the next day, without notifying Bryan Singer of the impending claims.
“Even Gloria Allred doesn’t file a lawsuit with a press release and a press conference,” he said.
Singer released a statement in which he called the claims “completely fabricated” and promised a counter lawsuit.
Read the statement here:
The claims made today about Bryan Singer are completely fabricated. We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail. It is obvious that plaintiff’s attorney is not looking to litigate the case on its merits. This matter is nothing more than the attorney seeking to get his 15 minutes of fame by sending out a press release with his “media consultant” yesterday, and following up with a press conference today. Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences.