Days after Fox fired him as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of the sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy, according to a report from USA Today, who obtained a copy of the lawsuit and describe it in the passage below:
The civil suit, obtained by USA TODAY, claims Singer offered to take Sanchez-Guzman on a tour of the yacht. When they arrived at one of the rooms, the suit alleges Singer “forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar’s face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him.” The suit says Singer then forcibly anally penetrated Sanchez-Guzman.
The suit also claims that Singer offered to help Sanchez-Guzman’s career in Hollywood if Sanchez-Guzman kept quiet about the alleged assault. Singer was named in a 2014 sexual lawsuit filed by Michael Egan, but Egan later dropped the suit.
NBC posted the first page of the lawsuit on Twitter:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 8, 2017
Bryan Singer denied the claims in a statement to Variety:
Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events. The attorney behind this lawsuit is the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan, the convicted felon who sued Bryan Singer in 2014. In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart. Egan and his attorneys then found themselves as defendants in a malicious prosecution action brought by some of the individuals who Egan previously sued. In an apology to those individuals, Egan’s attorney acknowledged the claims that had been filed were ‘untrue and provably false.’ Notwithstanding his track record, this same lawyer is coming after Bryan again. We are confident that this case will turn out the same way the Egan case did. And once Bryan prevails, he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution.