Bryan Singer Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old Boy In 2003
Director Bryan Singer was sued Thursday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in Seattle in 2003.
The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, accused Singer of forcing him to perform oral sex. According to the court documents filed in Seattle, the director then allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on the 17-year-old and anally penetrated him.
Later, Singer, then 38, approached Sanchez-Guzman and told him he was a producer and offered to get him into acting if he did not tell anyone about the assault, the suit alleges.
“He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit charges the director with sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and sexual exploitation of children.
The suit was filed just three days after Singer was dropped from Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of Freddie Mercury. Sources state that Singer was fired after being repeatedly absent from set, causing a shutdown in production. After his firing, Singer explained that his absence was due to complications with ailing parent and not because of tension with lead Rami Malek.
Sanchez-Guzman is not the first person to accuse the director of sexual assault. In 2014, actor Michael Egan sued the director for allegedly drugging and assaulting him in the mid-90s. The case eventually fell apart and the charges were later dropped. Singer was sued again for the attempted rape of another 17-year-old boy at the UK premiere of Superman Returns. Both alleged victims were represented by Sanchez-Guzman’s attorney, Jeffrey Hernan.
The accusation against Singer is the latest in an influx of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against powerful men in entertainment and politics that began in October with accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
A representative of the X-Men director said he “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
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