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"He said he had been one of those guys who had been invited to those parties for one or two months and he was a sensitive guy. … He wasn't really into the drugs but he was into the parties and the sex and the attention, and I could easily understand it," Ellis said. "I guess he was 17. I don't know how old he was, what was expected of him. He kind of got it and said 'I'm going to enjoy this now. I understand why I'm here and what my expiration date is and what these people want from me' and then moved on."
Ellis also tells a story of having gone to a dinner party in 2007 where a number of guys left early and when Ellis asked them where they were going, they said they were going to one of Bryan Singer's underage parties in Encino at the M & C estate.
Ellis was surprised those were actually going on, but the guys said "Yeah, you should just see it as a goof."
Numerous stories were published over the past few days after an alleged victim named Justin N. Smith published a series of tweets saying that Singer engaged in illicit sexual activities with him when he was a teenager.
Either Twitter or Smith himself removed his account. It also looks like Bryan Singer has removed his own Twitter account. I can imagine why given the vitriol I’ve read in the tweets Twitter has taken down (possibly under pressure from Singer). Yahoo News, which first published the tweets, also removed its story. And other media outlets which followed on the Yahoo News reports also deleted their stories. No one has explained their editorial self-censorship.
There are a few brave holdouts. But most of them refer only obliquely to the current charges and focus their attention on numerous previous lawsuits, charges and unflattering media profiles of Singer and his sexual peccadilloes. The Dailywire’s is the sole remaining source which retains the charges by Smith in full. Kudos to brave editors there who haven’t been cowed by the Singer legal team.
The Jewish Forward comes in for rebuke, once again, not only for its journalistic cowardice, but for failing to do the least editorial investigation of stories it published. Jane Eisner, the managing editor beset by rebukes after she killed a Harvey Weinstein story, once again deserves a razzberry for taking down this report:
"Our source for an aggregated story published about ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer, was Yahoo News. When they took their story down we removed ours, too, as we could not independently confirm the sources originally cited."
I’ve managed to retrieve the censored article from the dustbin of internet history.
We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies. It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.