Director Bryan Singer sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old

Randall Padilla
December 9, 2017

Bryan Singer has denied sexual assault allegations after being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. The complaint says that when he refused, Singer raped him.

The plaintiff, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, claims in the lawsuit that he met Singer in 2003 at a party on a yacht, during which Singer offered to give him a tour of the premises.

After Singer was replaced as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, his production company, Bad Hat Harry, shut down. When they arrived at one of the rooms, the director allegedly "forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar's face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him" and then raped him.

Singer allegedly told Sanchez-Guzman that he was a producer and could help him get into acting if he never reported what happened on the yacht.

In one of Singer's earlier films, Apt Pupil, a 14-year-old extra named Devin St.Albin had filed a lawsuit claiming that the filmmaker had ordered him and other minors to strip for a scene that was shot in the showers. Sanchez-Guzman says the alleged sexual abuse left him with "severe psychological, mental and emotional injuries".

Singer is best known for directing several of the X-Men films, as well as; The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, and Valkyrie. Egan later parted ways with his attorney after he said he was pressured into taking a settlement. Herman dropped Egan as a client and later apologized to two other Hollywood executives, Garth Ancier and David Neuman, after learning that Egan's allegations were false.

A representative for Singer reportedly denied the charged and pointed to a different accuser, Michael Egan, who Sanchez-Guzman's attorney represented in 2014. "In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart".

"Notwithstanding his track record, this same lawyer is coming after Bryan again", Singer's rep said in a statement (via Buzzfeed).

Egan in 2015 pleaded guilty to fraud in an unrelated federal case in North Carolina. "And once Bryan prevails, he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution", the statement concluded. The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of Singer's firing, reported that the move "reflected an escalating clash" between the director and lead actor Rami Malek.

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