He may be one of the most celebrated directors at the moment, thanks to his box-office hit Bohemian Rhapsody, but Bryan Singer's fall from grace seems imminent with the recent allegations brought against him.
According to a new report published by The Atlantic, multiple individuals have come forward with claims that they were sexually assaulted by the filmmaker.
In the exposé, it is alleged that Singer had sexual relations with at least four underage boys. He is also accused of fondling a 13-year-old on the set of one of his films.
Singer was also recently sued by a Seattle man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claimed that director raped him when he was 17.
Guzman's lawsuit came to light shortly after Singer was fired from the Bohemian Rhapsody set in December 2017. At the time of his dismissal, which was supposedly due to his involvement in feuds with the cast, there was only three weeks of filming left.
Singer remained credited as the director of the film, but he has been notably absent from appearances alongside his cast mates and has not been nominated for any accolades. He was not present for the winner's speeches at the 2019 Golden Globes Awards either.
Following Guzman's accusations, The Atlantic launched a year-long investigation into Singer, who has been trailed by allegations of misconduct for years now.
They have spent that time speaking to "more than 50 sources" to obtain as much information as possible.
"A man we’ll call Eric told us that he was 17 in 1997 when he and Singer had sex at a party at the director’s house; another we’ll call Andy says he was only 15 that same year, when he and Singer had sex in a Beverly Hills mansion," the publication revealed. "Both men say Singer, who was then in his early 30s, knew they were under 18, the age of consent in California."
These experiences have left the victims feeling "psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD."
In October, Singer denied all allegations against him in an Instagram post about a story Esquire magazine was going to publish.
"I have known for some time that [there may be] a negative article about me," Singer wrote. "They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what [these reporters are] attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible."
Once again, the Superman Returns director is standing up for himself and denying the latest allegations in a new statement sent to Deadline.
"The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.
That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention.
And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success."
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