Lawyer For "X-Men" Director Bryan Singer Calls Abuse Accusations "Absurd"

(Undated) -- A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer says accusations that the filmmaker sexually abused an underage boy are "completely without merit." A federal lawsuit was filed in Hawaii Wednesday by Michael Egan, who is accusing Singer of rape and forced intoxication back in 1999 when he was just 17-years-old. Singer's attorney Marty Singer says they're confident Bryan will be vindicated in what he calls an "absurd and defamatory lawsuit." He adds that it's obvious the case was filed in an attempt to get publicity just before the director's new movie, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," hits theaters next month. Singer directed the first two "X-Men" movies in 2000 and 2003, as well as "The Usual Suspects," "Superman Returns" and "Valkyrie."