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HOLLYWOOD SEX SCANDAL MAY BROADEN NEXT WEEK

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The attorney representing a man who claims that as a 17-year-old he was sexually abused by X-Men writer-director Bryan Singer said on Thursday that “pedophile rings” exist in Hollywood and, with additional lawsuits that he plans to file, he intends to “draw back a cloak and shine a light on this darkness.” Miami attorney Jeff Herman, who also filed a similar lawsuit against Muppeteer Kevin Clash in 2012 — only to have it thrown out because of the six-year statute of limitations — told the Los Angeles Times in a telephone interview, “It’s almost like this sort of secret that everyone [in the entertainment industry] knows about. … Kids are being abused and the industry goes on and people are afraid to say something.” Asked at a news conference why he had waited nearly 15 years before filing a complaint against Singer, the alleged victim, Michael Egan, now 31, said that he and his mother went to the LAPD and the FBI at the time but that his complaints “fell on deaf ears. … We didn’t get anywhere and then I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could.” Herman said that he had filed the case in Hawaii, where some of the alleged abuse took place, because of a state law temporarily suspending the statute of limitations in sex-abuse cases. He indicated that he plans to file at least three other lawsuits in that state against other Hollywood figures next week. On Thursday, Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer (no relation), said: “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.” (PHOTO: Egan, left; Herman, right)