3. DEN’s founder was Marc Collins-Rector, who was accused of hosting parties at an Encino, Calif., mansion where he and other adult men who worked in the entertainment industry — including X-Men director Bryan Singer — allegedly sexually abused teenage boys.
14. There are a number of parallels between Chad’s World and Collins-Rector, the DEN founder. Like the characters in the show, he lived in a Los Angeles-area mansion with two other men.
A Google street view of Collins-Rector’s Encino, Calif., mansion, which was mentioned in court documents.
15. Collins-Rector lived with Chad Shackley, then 24, who dropped out of a Michigan high school to live with him. According to a suit filed Wednesday in a Hawaii federal court, the two had a sexual relationship.
The Encino mansion was called the M & C Estate for “Marc & Chad,” court documents state.
17. “Sordid parties” were held at the M & C Estate that included drugs, alcohol, and sexual contact between adult men and teenage boys, according to the suit filed by Michael Egan, who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of abusing him at the parties.
18. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Collins-Rector in several jurisdictions, including suits alleging sexual abuse by former DEN employees who were teenagers at the time.
Three men including Michael Egan, who accused Singer of sexual abuse Wednesday, and Alexander Burton, who played Pyro in the first X-Men film, filed a suit in a Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2000. Attorney Jacob Arash Shahbaz, who represented the plaintiffs, said the suit was over alleged sexual abuse.
19. DEN sometimes hired teenagers who weren’t qualified for their jobs, a former supervisor told the Los Angeles Times in 2000, and favored employees were invited to the M & C Estate and encouraged to spend the night.
One former supervisor said Collins-Rector directed him to hire certain teenagers who weren’t qualified for the jobs they sought. “He would come to me with ultimatums on who I should hire,” said the former manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Young hip kids were his thing.”
Some workers said they felt compelled to do things well outside their job descriptions. One young employee said he was told that “if he valued his job” he would travel with Collins-Rector and his young executives, Shackley and Pierce, on a vacation to a tropical resort last spring.
The employee complained to his supervisor, who confirmed the account to the Times, but who said he didn’t report the matter to top executives because they worked for Collins-Rector. The teenager said that he felt compelled to make the trip and that Shackley made a sexual pass at him. After he rejected the proposition, the teenager said, the trip ended early.
20. Here’s the pilot of Chad’s World:
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