“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is the latest Hollywood kingmaker to be accused of sexual assault. It’s not the first time he’s been accused.
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, an aspiring actor at the time, filed a lawsuit against Singer, claiming that Singer raped him at a party on a yacht in 2003, when Sanchez-Guzman was only 17.
The suit, filed in Washington state court Thursday, alleges that Singer was giving Sanchez-Guzman a tour of the boat when he “lured Cesar into a room, shut the door and demanded that Cesar perform oral sex. When Plaintiff refused, Bryan Singer forced him into acts of oral and anal sex.”
Singer was also accused of sexual assault in 2014. Another aspiring actor, Michael Egan, accused the director of drugging and sexually assaulting him when he was underage in 1999. The suit accused Singer of participating in what essentially amounted to a sex ring, in which older, successful Hollywood bigwigs lured young, aspiring gay actors into sex with prospects of career advancement.
The litigation brought in 2014 fell apart and the suit was dropped. The accuser’s lawyer later issued an apology to the other two men mentioned in the suit, Garth Ancier and David Neuman — but not to Singer.
But Singer’s vehemently denying all the current charges, claiming that the lawyer representing Sanchez-Guzman — Jeffrey Herman, who also represented Michael Egan — has it out for him.
“Notwithstanding his track record, this same lawyer is coming after Bryan again,” Singer’s lawyers said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “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.”
Singer was recently fired from a Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” after lead actor Rami Malek reportedly complained about Singer’s showing up late and general lack of professionalism. Singer threw back his own accusation, claiming that Fox wasn’t giving him time off to deal with a parent’s health issues.