From Marvel Studios’ highs to Sony Pictures’ lows, from Scarlett Johansson kicking butt to Adam Sandler bombing out, here are the highlights and lowlights in the movies this year.
The former child actor made headlines earlier in 2014 when he sued X-Men director Bryan Singer for childhood sexual abuse. Now he is being charged with wire fraud in a federal court.
The X-Men director is expecting a child with Queer As Folk actor Michelle Clunie.
The Special Victims Squad of the New York Police Department is investigating a complaint that Singer forcibly sexually assaulted a man in his twenties — but Singer has not been charged with a crime.
Michael Egan, the man who accused Hollywood director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a minor, had his case voluntarily dismissed in federal court in Hawaii. An attorney advising Egan said he hopes to file a new lawsuit at a later date.
X-Men director Singer and attorneys on both sides of the case agreed to settle the lawsuit for $100,000 in June, a document obtained by BuzzFeed shows. But Michael Egan, the man suing Singer for sex abuse, refused to agree to the settlement. Now, Egan’s lawyer has dropped him. Another document shows that three other people — two of them previously undisclosed — had retained a lawyer to sue Singer.
The anonymous British plaintiff, known as John Doe 117, had alleged that Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard abused him in London in 2006. He dismissed the case against Singer, but the suit against Goddard remains active.
From Shailene Woodley and Angelina Jolie to Seth MacFarlane and Veronica Mars, here are the actors, filmmakers, and studios with reason to celebrate for the first half of the year — and others who may wish it was over already.
The director of the X-Men films is being sued by two people: Michael Egan and an anonymous British man identified in court documents only as “John Doe 117.” Singer already moved to have Egan’s case thrown out of court.
Garth Ancier was a defendant in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Michael Egan, who also targeted X-Men director Bryan Singer. Egan dropped his suit against Ancier this week, and now Ancier is countersuing him for malicious prosecution.
Digital pioneer Marc Collins-Rector lost millions before he vanished, believing that movie mogul David Geffen wanted to destroy him. Now he’s broke and alone — but the sex scandal he left behind continues to consume Hollywood. Update: Details from an official report about Collins-Rector’s arrest in Spain have been added.
The lawsuits allege that three Hollywood moguls drugged and raped Michael Egan when he was underage. It remains unclear whether the defendants in the new complaints include Singer and the other people Egan sued in April.
This is the second lawsuit that Michael Egan has voluntarily dismissed since filing four sexual assault complaints against Hollywood executives in April. He could opt to sue Garth Ancier again.
The complaint alleges that an unnamed executive at early internet firm Digital Entertainment Network repeatedly raped Egan when he was underage. Details in the lawsuit could allow Egan to avoid California’s expired statute of limitations.
Michael Egan dropped his case against Neuman, a former Disney executive. Whether Egan will continue to pursue lawsuits against Singer and two other Hollywood executives remains unclear.
All four men accused of sexual abuse by Michael Egan have now filed motion to dismiss the cases. Individuals close to former NBC President Garth Ancier and Michael Egan wrote in declarations Ancier wasn’t on trips to Hawaii where he’s accused of abuse.
“When do you think you will have some time to hang out?” Michael Egan wrote to a man he later alleged was abusing him. “What’s the plan with the house in Spain…Am I moving in?” Egan’s lawyer calls the emails evidence that Egan was a “compliant victim.”
With his film’s estimated $111 million debut over the four-day Memorial Day holiday, the embattled director finally has some good news.
Producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg explains why Wolverine was sent back and not Kitty Pryde; how Prof. X came back to life; and what this all means for the future of the X-Men. Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS!
Who was that guy? Plus, screenwriter-producer Simon Kinberg on whether Bryan Singer will return to direct X-Men: Apocalypse and more. SPOILERS!
Copies of daily planners, calendars, and receipts from Gary Goddard were offered as evidence that he was never in Hawaii when the alleged abuse of Michael Egan took place, in a motion to dismiss the case against him filed on Thursday.
BuzzFeed reviewed the court files of Michael Egan’s first sexual assault lawsuit and found a number of strange and bewildering claims. Some seem to contradict allegations in his suit against Bryan Singer.
A lifelong X-Men comics fan and a comic book dilettante debate director Bryan Singer’s latest film, which finds the mutants traveling through time to prevent their extinction (and the internal logic that comes with that). WARNING: Minor spoilers ahead!
In a deposition in 2003, Michael Egan swore under oath that he had never traveled outside the continental United States during the time he now says he was assaulted by Singer. “I’m not sure how he interpreted the continental United States,” Egan’s lawyer said.
Brock Pierce is a pioneering digital currency entrepreneur who has been sued for sexual abuse and fraud, and who lived in a mansion where Bryan Singer allegedly abused an underaged boy. “Completely false,” Pierce said, of the lawsuits. “My view is that these people are only trying to get money.”
Letters, emails, and items from the London premiere of Superman Returns are at the center of a new case against Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard. Also: a photo of the plaintiff and Goddard.
Lawyer Jeff Herman files a second suit against the X-Men director, and accuses the two men of assaulting another underage boy. Heated denials from Singer and Goddard.
Marc Collins-Rector is named in court documents as the man who hosted parties where Hollywood executives would allegedly sexually abuse teenage boys. He hasn’t been seen by U.S. authorities since 2007, and BuzzFeed is attempting to locate him. If you have any information about his whereabouts, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Known for surrounding himself with beautiful young men, X-Men director Bryan Singer has found his private life under intense scrutiny due to a lawsuit alleging sex abuse. BuzzFeed investigates Singer’s tangled network of power, money, sex, and gay Hollywood.