X-Men: Days of Future Past Director Bryan Singer Files Motion To Dismiss Sex Abuse Suit

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director Bryan Singer is asking a court to dismiss the sex abuse lawsuit filed against him on the eve of his latest film's release. Variety reports that the motion was filed Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, where plaintiff Michael Egan alleges that Singer and others committed the abuse between August, 1999 and October, 1999. Singer claims that he wasn't in Hawaii during that time, moving between Canada, California and New England while filming X-Men. Attorneys for the director also alleged in the filing that the timing Egan's suit, filed last month, was intended "to maximize public attention" ahead of X-Men: Days of Future Past's release tomorrow. That defense has been brought up more than once, with Singer and other suggesting that the timing was intended to force a speedy settlement in the hopes of quelching negative press that might hurt the film. X-Men: Days of Future Past is expected to generate around $100 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Following the suit's filing last month, Singer pulled out of promotional activity for the film, fearing that questions about the lawsuit would derail appearances in support of Days of Future Past. "The timing of this action and inclusion of its sordid (and provably false) allegations are nothing more than tools being used to embarrass, harass, and pressure Singer and precipitate a shakedown of a perceived 'deep pocket,'" the motion said. Egan filed four sexual abuse suits in April against Singer, Gary Goddard, Garth Ancier and David Neuman, alleging that they were involved in a ring that coerced underage teenagers into sexual activity. He also name-checked former Digital Entertainment Network executive and convicted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector in each of the complaints, but did not file a suit against him.