‘X-Males’ Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Assault
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Editor’s note: This report includes explicit words describing alleged sexual assaults.
Bryan Singer, the director best known for the X-Males series of films, is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy throughout a party 14 years back.
Singer features denied the accusation.
In a complaint filed in First-class Court of the State of Washington for King County on Thursday, plaintiff Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says that he met Singer in 2003 at a party aboard a yacht owned by technology investor Lester Waters, who the complaint says “frequently hosted celebrations for young gay males in the Seattle area.”
Guzman alleges that Singer, while giving him a good tour of the yacht, lured him into the yacht’s master stateroom, shut the entranceway and demanded oral sex.
When Cesar refused, “Singer forced him into acts of oral and anal sex,” according to the complaint. Cesar says he repeatedly pleaded for Singer to stop.
“Soon after … Singer approached Cesar and informed him that he was a maker in Hollywood and that he may help Cesar enter acting given that Cesar never said anything about the incident,” according to the complaint. “Then told Cesar that no one would consider him if he ever before reported the incident, and that he could retain the services of people who can handle ruining someone’s reputation.”
Guzman says the alleged incident left him with “severe psychological, mental and emotional injuries.”
The latest revelations increase a growing set of charges of misconduct in Hollywood in the wake of these against producer Harvey Weinstein. On the other hand, the accounts of misconduct expand beyond Hollywood and have engulfed various media outlets, including NPR.
The director’s legal professional Andrew Brettler said in a statement that his client “categorically denies these allegations and can vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.” Brettler as well threatened to file a good malicious prosecution lawsuit against Guzman.
Singer features been the main topic of several sexual abuse and sexual assault accusations during the past, but all of them was dismissed.
On Monday, Singer was fired by Fox from the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Variety information that his dismissal was “because of repeated failures to show up on the set” and that he’s been changed by director Dexter Fletcher.