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'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Developing Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc Linked To Bryan Singer Allegations

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 18, 2014 at 6:08PM

Earlier this week, some bombshell allegations rocked Hollywood, when 31-year-old Michael Egan filed a federal lawsuit accusing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him on numerous occasions in 1999. Singer's lawyers swiftly denied the allegations, and have announced plans to countersue. But the story has now taken another turn, and one that goes beyond the court proceedings.
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Amy Berg

Earlier this week, some bombshell allegations rocked Hollywood, when 31-year-old Michael Egan filed a federal lawsuit accusing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager on numerous occasions in 1999. Singer's lawyers swiftly denied the allegations, and have announced plans to countersue. But the story has now taken another turn, and one that goes beyond the court proceedings.

The Daily Mail has revealed that "West of Memphis" director Amy Berg has been at work for the past two years on a documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood, and had reached out to Egan last week for his participation. "Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew," a source close to Egan told the paper. "The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this."

Berg has confirmed to the Daily Mail that she is working on the documentary, but declined to offer further details. And the project is not currently listed on the website of her production company Disarming Films. However, this territory is familiar for Berg, who was nominated for an Oscar for her 2006 doc "Deliver Us From Evil," about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The filmmaker is currently attending the Tribeca Film Festival where she is premiering her latest feature, "Every Secret Thing," starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane, which concerns itself with two girls who are locked away for seven years and a subsequent child abduction.

There's no word yet from Bryan Singer or his legal team on this latest development. However, the filmmaker has stepped down from scheduled appearances at WonderCon and the Creativity Conference in light of these allegations.

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