Hollywood director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy, according to court documents obtained by Deadline. The news comes just a few days after Singer was fired from the helm of Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.
The lawsuit alleges that the sexual assault happened in 2003 during a yacht party near Seattle. The accuser, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who was 17 at the time, claims that Singer offered him a tour of the boat before corning him in a secluded area.
"During this tour, Bryan Singer lured Cesar into a room, shut the door, and demanded that Cesar perform oral sex," the court filings read. "When plaintiff refused, Bryan Singer forced him into acts of oral and anal sex" as Sanchez-Guzman "pleaded with [Singer] to stop."
Afterward, the lawsuit claims that Singer told Sanchez-Guzman to keep the assault a secret, because he was a "producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident." Singer also allegedly threatened that "no one would believe [Sanchez-Guzman] if he ever reported the incident" and said he had the means to "hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation."
Sanchez-Guzman is now seeking damages for "emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain, and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life" caused by the incident.
Sanchez-Guzman isn't the first person to accuse Singer of sexual misconduct. Actor Michael Egan III filed a lawsuit against the director for allegedly drugging and assaulting him in the mid-90s, but the case later fell apart. A separate lawsuit claims that Singer attempted to rape another 17-year-old boy at the UK premiere of Superman Returns.
Singer's camp has responded to the new allegations, saying that the director "categorically denies these allegations" and plans to "vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end."