A few day after director Bryan Singer was fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, news broke that he is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy back in 2003.
When word of his Bohemian Rhapsody got out, a lot of fans speculated that the reasoning behind it would have been something like this, and it looks like that it definitely may have played a part in Fox's decision. They all probably knew that this was coming and they wanted to cut ties with him before the shit hit the fan.
The named of the alleged victim is Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, and he accused the director of "forcing him to perform oral sex. According to the suit, which was filed in state court in Seattle, the director then forcibly performed oral sex on Sanchez-Guzman and then anally penetrated him."
It's then said that Singer approached Sanchez-Guzman later on and told him he was a Hollywood producer and could help him get into acting if he did not say anything about the incident.
“He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation."
All of this reportedly took place on a yacht that was owned by Lester Waters, a wealthy tech investor “who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area,” the suit alleges.
As you might expect, a representative of Singer said he “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.” Here's Singer’s full statement on the matter:
“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.”
With the way things are going in Hollywood right now regarding sexual misconduct and harassment, Singer's name is stained and there's no doubt this is going to affect his directing career moving forward. The question is, will more alegations come to light as things continue to unfold?
What do you think of this mess?