In a newly filed lawsuit, X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003.
The lawsuit contains details of the alleged incident, as reported by Variety, stated that Singer forced oral and anal sex on the victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. The incident occurred in Seattle on the yacht of a wealthy tech investor who hosted parties for young gay men in the area.
After the incident, Singer is reported to have both threatened and intimidated Sanchez-Guzman in order to ensure his silence. According to the legal complaint, Singer told the minor that no one would believe him if he reported the incident, and he threatened to hire people who could potentially ruin Sanchez-Guzman’s reputation if he spoke out.
Singer also attempted to bribe Sanchez-Guzman into silence. The lawsuit states that he told the victim that he was a producer who could help him get into acting if he remained quiet.
This news breaks just days following word that Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen frontman Freddy Mercury. The director was repeatedly absent from the set, which eventually led to a confrontation with lead actor Rami Malek and a complete shutdown in production. Following his dismissal, Singer claimed that he had been caring for a sick parent.
Singer is likely best known as the director of multiple films in Fox’s X-Men franchise, starting with the 2000 original and as recently as 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He also directed the pilot of Fox’s The Gifted, which debuted this fall, and 2006’s Superman Returns.
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