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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Faces New Sexual Abuse Allegations

Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer, director of multiple X-Men films, Superman Returns and the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, is facing fresh allegations of sex with teenage boys, dating as far back as the production of 1998's Apt Pupil.

A new exposé published by The Atlantic presents accusations from four young men whose stories about the filmmaker have never been previously reported. It's the result of a 12-month investigation for which the magazine interviewed more than 50 sources.

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According to the report, some of the alleged victims say they were seduced by Singer while they were underage, but other insist they were raped. One of the men, Victor Valdovinos, says he was a 13-year-old extra on the set of Apt Pupil when Singer fondled his genitals on the film's locker room set, used for a notorious scene that resulted in multiple lawsuits. Another young man told the magazine that he was 16 in the late 1990s when he met Singer, and attended some of the director's pool parties, which have been referenced in some of the previous allegations. He described Singer as "predatory in that he would ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with them.” He alleges he was either 17 or 18 when he and Singer first had oral sex.

Singer's accusers told the magazine their experiences with the director "left them psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD."

Singer's attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, denied to The Atlantic that his client has ever had sex with underage men, and emphasized the director has never been arrested or charged with any crime.

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The filmmaker himself preempted an anticipated exposé in October with an Instagram post accusing Esquire magazine of "a reckless disregard for the truth," and attempting to "rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits."

Singer was sued in 2014 by Michael Egan III, who alleged that he was 17 years old when the director drugged and raped him at parties held in 1999 in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii. Egan dropped the lawsuit four months later. However, Singer was then accused again in 2017, mere days after he was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy during a 2003 party. The director has denied those allegations as well, but the lawsuit filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman is pending.

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