Bryan Singer, Director Of "Bohemian Rhapsody", Faces New Allegations Of Sexual Assault

Maanyata Thu |Jan 24, 2019

Bryan Singer, who was fired from Oscar-nominated biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, has been accused of sexual assault with underage boys.

Bryan Singer
Director Bryan Singer.

On Wednesday, The Atlantic published a lengthy article based on a twelve-month investigation. The article mentioned the stories of 4 victims who claimed that they were molested and seduced by Bryan Singer when they were teenagers. Three of them asked to hide their identity. Victor Valdovinos told The Atlantic that the singer molested him on the sets of Apt Pupil in 1998 when he was just 13 years old.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office had previously investigated and claims that male minors were coerced into stripping naked for one shower scene in the 1998 Apt Pupil but refused to press charges. The lawsuit filed by families of the minors involved were settled out of court.

Bryan Singer denied all the allegations and called this article one "homophobic smear piece that he said was "conveniently timed" to make use of Bohemian Rhapsody’s success. Bohemian Rhapsody has received 5 Oscars nominations involving The Best Picture. Bryan Singer was fired from the film during the shooting because of his absences from London production. However, he still remains as a sole credited director due to union regulations.

The Atlantic also alleges a pattern of predatory behaviour on Bryan Singer's part, including having sex with a 15-year-old boy at his Beverly Hills mansion in 1997. He preemptively denied this article and claimed that these reporters were trying to ruin his 25-year-old career.

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Two journalists, Alex French, and Maximillian Potter said in one statement on Wednesday that their investigation ran in The Atlantic because Hearst executives would kill the story. Representatives for Hearst did not have any response to the message.

After Bryan was diminished from The Freddie Mercury biopic, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against the director who alleges that Bryan Singer raped him when he was 17 years old in 2003. An attorney for Bryan Singer said in a statement that the director “categorically denies” the allegations. When the lawsuit was filed, USC School of Cinematic Arts announced that they would remove Bryan Singer’s name from their media and cinema study division. According to the school, the director asked them to remove his name until all the allegations were solved.

Millennium Films hired Bryan Singer to helm their Red Sonja adaptation last fall. The representative for Millennium did not have any comment for comment on the Wednesday message.


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