Hey, remember a few days ago when we were all like “Gee, maybe there’s something more to this weird story about Bryan Singer getting fired from that Queen biopic”? Well guess fucking what? A certain somebody is getting sued for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy!
The incident allegedly occurred in 2003 during a yacht party in Washington State. As described in the lawsuit, Singer invited Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, the then-teenaged plaintiff, on a tour of the yacht. Singer led the boy into a room and locked the door, then demanded oral sex. When Sanchez-Guzman refused his advances, Singer raped him.
The suit goes on to state:
Later, Bryan Singer approached Cesar and told him that 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. 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.
As you will recall, Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors in the past. A man named Michael Egan III filed a civil suit against the director and a number of other Hollywood figures in 2014, claiming that they had drugged and assaulted him at mansion parties in California and Hawaii when he was a mid-teen. Egan later withdrew his suit after admitting he’d never travelled to Hawaii.
Then there’s the time a 14-year-old extra on Singer’s film Apt Pupil filed a lawsuit against the director, claiming that he and other minors were forced to strip for a shower scene.
The stories of Singer’s unprofessional behavior on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, including his unexplained absences from the set and his arguments with the cast, would certainly be enough to get him fired. Still, Singer has been rumored to have pulled similar stunts on films in the past and never gotten canned for it. It’s suspiciously convenient that Fox was able to wipe their hands of Singer just days before this latest lawsuit hit the press…
And of course there’s the question of how many other allegations might be waiting to drop. If we’ve learned anything from the allegations against Weinstein, Lauer, and the other (Not So) New Scum, it’s that these incidents are almost never isolated.