X-Men director Bryan Singer, who was accused of sexually assaulting an underage boy earlier this year, is believed to be paying a woman $1 million to have his child, according to a report in The Daily Mail. The woman is actress Michelle Clunie, 44, who played Melanie on the TV series Queer as Folk from 2000 to 2005. Singer, 49, reportedly purchased a home close to his own for Michelle. Singer earlier identified himself as bisexual in an interview with Out magazine, though he clarified: “I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer.”
Last June, Singer’s legal team offered his accuser, Michael Egan, $100,000 to drop the charges. According to New York Magazine, Egan declined the offer, telling BuzzFeed: “This exact kind of take-it-and-shut-up deal is why I decided to stand up in the first place. Being silenced goes completely against what I believe in and offers no protection for other vulnerable children.”
However, Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer (no relation) threatened to sue Egan’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, for malicious prosecution, and when Egan refused the settlement, Herman dropped the lawsuit. Singer also asked the court that Egan pay his legal fees, but his request was declined. Egan, who has also been threatened with a countersuit, is now looking to refile his sexual abuse suit against Singer with a new lawyer.