Bryan Singer, the director of “X-Men” and “The Usual Suspects,” has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in 2003.
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against Singer this week, claiming that when Sanchez-Guzman was a teen, he attended a yacht party in Seattle, where Singer pushed him down on a bed and sexually assaulted him.
In a statement to the Associated Press, a representative for Singer said the director “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
In 2014, two other men accused Singer of sexual assault. Michael Egan sued Singer, claiming the director abused him when he was a teenager during parties in California and Hawaii. That lawsuit fell apart after Egan refused to sign a $100,000 settlement and his lawyer dropped him. (Singer maintained his innocence.) In an unrelated matter, Egan was later indicted on a charge of investment fraud and sentenced to two years in prison.
The other accuser, a British man, claimed Singer fondled the then-17-year-old in 2006 before allegedly trying to force him into having sex. That anonymous accuser also alleged abuse by Hollywood executive Gary Goddard, who has since been accused of molestation by actor Anthony Edwards and another former child actor. Singer and Goddard both denied the allegations and the man eventually voluntarily dismissed the case.
This isn’t the only time Singer has been in the news in recent weeks. Twentieth Century Fox fired him earlier this month from directing the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” when he failed to return to the set following the Thanksgiving break. After a brief production hiatus, Singer was replaced by “Eddie the Eagle” director Dexter Fletcher. A representative told the BBC that Singer’s absence was due to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.”
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