‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Sued for Alleged Rape
Bryan Singer, director of The Usual Suspects and numerous X-Men movies, is being sued for allegedly raping a then-17-year-old boy in 2003, and threatening to ruin his future career if the boy ever told anyone about it.
The suit was filed on Thursday by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who accused Singer of forcing him to have sex with him on a yacht in Seattle 14 years ago when Sanchez-Guzman was a minor. Singer then allegedly threatened to ruin the boy’s career if he tried to tell anyone 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,” the lawsuit states, per Variety.
Singer’s representative says that the director “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
Sanchez-Guzman is represented by Miami attorney Jeffrey Herman, the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan in a 2014 lawsuit against Singer, television producer Garth Ancier and former Disney executive David Neuman. That suit was later dropped because Egan’s charges were “provably false.” Singer’s statement about Sanchez-Guzman’s suit notes: “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.”
The suit comes just three days after Singer was fired from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, apparently for failing to show up to set after the Thanksgiving holiday and being repeatedly late numerous times during the shoot. According to Singer, his absence was due to returning to the United States to care for an ill parent.