The director behind such blockbuster hits as “X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" is now being accused of sexually assaulting an underage boy on a yacht. The accusations came to light on Thursday in the form of a civil lawsuit brought to a Washington court by the alleged victim Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.
Sanchez-Guzman is claiming that director Bryan Singer invited him for a tour of a friend's yacht outside Seattle in 2003. Then, Singer allegedly "lured Cesar into a room, shut the door and demanded that Cesar perform oral sex,” according to the lawsuit. Sanchez-Guzman is also accusing the prominent director of raping him.
Sanchez-Guzman was 17 at the time.
After the alleged assault, the lawsuit claims that Singer told Sanchez-Guzman "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.”
Then, Singer allegedly told the teen boy that if he did decide to report what happened he would be met with trouble and a ruined reputation.
Singer’s attorney Andrew Brettler released a statement in which he said his client "categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end."
The director was fired by Fox on Monday for not showing up on the set of a new Freddie Mercury biopic, according to Variety. Singer claimed Fox didn’t give him time off to care for one of his ailing parents.
According to National Public Radio, Brettler said he is considering filing a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the accusor, who is seeking "emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life, past and future medical expenses, attorneys' fees and costs, and other general and special damages."
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