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Bryan Singer accused of raping 17-year-old boy, denies it

X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003.

8th December 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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The allegations come from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, now 31, who claims Singer forced him to perform oral and anal sex.

In a court filing obtained by Deadline, the alleged incident is said to have occurred during a boat party held by Lester Waters; “a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area”.

According to the report, Singer offered Guzman a tour of the boat.

“During this tour, Bryan Singer lured Cesar into a room, shut the door and demanded that Cesar perform oral sex. When plaintiff refused, Bryan Singer forced him into acts of oral and anal sex,”

The filing alleges that Singer said he would help Guzman get into acting; the court document states that: "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."

In a statement issued to TMZ, representatives for Singer have stated: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.

“When Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events.

“The attorney behind this lawsuit is the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan, the convicted felon who sued Bryan Singer in 2014. In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart.”

This is not the first time Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct, there are two instances of allegations against him, although both were dismissed.

The 52-year-old also directed Oscar-winner The Usual Suspects, which starred Kevin Spacey, another entertainment industry professional recently accused of sexual misconduct.

The allegations against Singer come just days after he was fired from Twentieth Century Fox's Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to “unexpected absence” which he claimed was due to Fox not allowing him to take time off from shooting to tend to an ill family member.

You can read Singer's full statement regarding the allegations below.

"Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. 

"Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events. 

"The attorney behind this lawsuit is the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan, the convicted felon who sued Bryan Singer in 2014. In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart. Egan and his attorneys then found themselves as defendants in a malicious prosecution action brought by some of the individuals who Egan previously sued. 

"In an apology to those individuals, Egan's attorney acknowledged the claims that had been filed were 'untrue and provably false.' 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."