Less than a week after being fired from his Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, director Bryan Singer has once again come under fire for allegations of sexual assault against a teenage boy. Singer is now being sued by a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who says the X-Men director raped him during a yacht party in 2003 when Sanchez-Guzman was only 17. The lawsuit alleges that Singer not only violently assaulted Sanchez-Guzman after luring him into a darkened room, but threatened to destroy his reputation if he ever came forward about the event.
According to the court document, “In or about the Summer of 2003, Sanchez-Guzman attended a party hosted by Lester Waters on a yacht owned by Mr Waters. Upon information and belief, Mr Waters was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.” During the party, it is alleged that Singer offered Sanchez-Guzman a tour of the boat and then trapped him in a room where he “forced him into acts of oral and anal sex.” Further, the suit claims that Singer stripped Sanchez-Guzman down and then forcibly performed oral sex on him, despite pleas for Singer to stop. Based on the complaint, Singer later approached Sanchez-Guzman and offered him career favors in return for his silence, and then threatened to assassinate his character if he did not comply.
The latest revelations add to a growing list of charges of misconduct in Hollywood in the wake of those against producer Harvey Weinstein.
The director’s attorney Andrew Brettler said in a statement that his client “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.” Brettler also threatened to file a malicious prosecution lawsuit against Sanchez-Guzman.
Singer has faced accusations of misconduct in the past, including one from a 14-year-old actor on the set of the movie Apt Pupil, who said in 1997 that the director forced several minors to strip naked for a scene, but that case was thrown out. Another man claimed in 2014 that Singer raped him when he was a teenager, but that lawsuit was later withdrawn by the accuser.