American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, who is kind of a weasel (but an entertaining weasel), revealed in a podcast with True Blood and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball that, though he can’t speak to the specifics of the allegations currently leveled against Bryan Singer, he does know firsthand a thing or two about the kind of parties that Bryan Singer has thrown in the past.
As he relays to Ball in the podcast (via Pajiba):
“Though for many of us here in L.A., we’ve known about this for a very long time. I’m not saying anything particularly about this case, but just about this world, that it sort of…I don’t know if it’s encouraged because of this business, by the nature of the world we live in, or if it’s a particular proclivity of Bryan’s… Out here everyone kind of knows about the parties and uh, the kind of underage boys…”
That said, Ellis admits that the abuse is a “murky, tricky thing” because the underage boys that were involved were generally around 17 years old.
“There is a long and hallowed history in Hollywood about the abuse — this is where it gets murky — the quote unquote abuse, because I think at 17, and you’re a guy, it’s much different than if you’re 12 or 13…”
He also suggests that perhaps the intentions of the victim are not pure. “I have suspicions of this case in terms of why it’s being brought up now, with Bryan’s movie about to come out. It just seems very calculated.”
Bryan Singer, meanwhile, continues to deny the allegations, stating that he wasn’t in Hawaii at the time of the events alleged. The accuser, Michael Egan III — who was 15 at the time of the alleged incidents — is apparently bringing the suit in Hawaii because the statute of limitations are more favorable there than in Encino, where where Bryan Singer and Roland Emmerich’s parties occurred more frequently.
Singer’s movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in late May, and his CBS pilot Battle Creek — based on a Vince Gilligan script — is expected to air in the fall.