Bryan Singer, the director of the X-Men movies and others, was accused of raping a teen boy, Michael F. Egan III, in 1998 and 1999, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. While Singer's attorney has categorically denied the allegations, Egan claims that Singer, who is openly gay, promised him a part in some of his high-grossing hit films.
Bryan Singer, 48, was accused of a pattern of sexual abuse involving Egan, who is now in his mid-30s but was only 17 when it began. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, also names Marc Collins-Rector, the former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, who is a registered sex offender since pleading guilty to crimes with minors in 2004, according to Variety.
Egan's lawsuit doesn't name a specific amount for damages, but did say the abuse warranted over $75,000, the New York Daily News reported. Singer's attorney has already slammed the suit as "without merit" and accused Egan of waiting until virtually guaranteed blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past is about to be released May 23. more >>
Lawyers for the Department of Justice recently announced that they are willing to legally defend the long-debated, giant cross atop a war memorial in Southern California, saying they find the cross to be an "appropriate" structure and not a violation of the separation of church and state.
A brief filed in the Supreme Court earlier this month by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said the "United States remains fully committed to preserving the Mount Soledad cross as an appropriate memorial to our nation's veterans." The 43-foot war memorial cross was erected on Mount Soledad in San Diego, Calif. in 1954 as a memorial to all war veterans, although it was later converted to distinctly memorialize veterans from the Korean War.
Along with stating that the Mount Soledad Cross does not violate the Constitution's requirement for a separation of church and state, Verrilli also wrote in his brief that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should be given time to reverse its previous ruling on the cross, instead of the cross case immediately being considered by the Supreme Court. The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association recently requested to leap-frog the appeals process and have their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. more >>
"Scandal" star Columbus Short's wife has allegedly filed for divorce after he threatened her with a knife. Tanee Short has alleged that Columbus threatened her life and his own last week in the midst of an argument that stemmed from his intoxication.
Tanee then claims that Columbus went for a knife, pinned her to the couch and started choking her before suggesting that they play "Truth or Truth," a variation on the game "Truth or Dare." Columbus reportedly said he would stab her in the leg if she lied at any point during the game; he began naming men that he believed she was having affairs with, which Tanee denied. Columbus then put the knife to her neck and threatened to kill her and himself, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
She has since filed a restraining order against Columbus, which requires him to move out of their shared home. Tanee has also filed for divorce and sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter. It's been quite the ordeal for Columbus, who just last month was charged with felony battery after getting into a physical altercation at a restaurant in West Los Angeles. He was released from the Claremont Police Department after posting $50,000 bail. Columbus faces up to four years in jail if found guilty of the crime. more >>
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.
In his 79-page brief, Herring (D) argued that the U.S. Constitution determines same-sex marriage to be a fundamental right under due process and equal protection. He heavily referenced the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, a landmark case that invalidated the prohibition of interracial marriages.
Herring argued that the Loving case proves that the Fourteenth Amendment protects marriage as a fundamental right, even if the Framers of the U.S. Constitution may have not considered same-sex marriage when creating the amendment. more >>
A New York man is suing the credit rating agency Equifax, accusing the company of giving him a false rating score due to his first name, "God."
God Gazarov, a 26-year-old resident of Brooklyn, New York and owner of the Gold Hard Cash jewelry store in Brighton Beach, filed his lawsuit in Brooklyn's federal court on Friday. The lawsuit alleges that Gazarov has been fighting with Equifax for the past 2 years regarding his first name, "God."
The credit rating company has reportedly recorded Gazarov as having no credit history because its system does not recognize his first name as a legitimate name. Although the 26-year-old graduate of Brooklyn College has received high credit ratings from other companies like TransUnion and Experian, the conflict with Equifax has prevented him from purchasing an Infiniti car or showing lenders that he has a good credit score. more >>
A North Hampton, Ohio, pastor has extended forgiveness to a self-described militant atheist who beat him severely last year and will now serve years in prison.
"I would want him to know going into prison hearing from me that I've extended forgiveness for him," the Rev. Norman Hayes, pastor of The Bridge Community Church, said according to WDTN.
James Maxie of Springfield was found guilty of felonious assault and sentenced to eight years in prison, Springfield News-Sun reported on Wednesday. Maxie assaulted Hayes in October 2013 at the North Hampton church after the pastor asked Maxie's girlfriend if she felt safe around him. The beating left Hayes with a broken nose, bruises and three cuts requiring stitches across his face. more >>