Fired Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer is facing a new batch of sexual abuse allegations from four men who say that he engaged in sexual encounters with them while they were underage. The accusations range from seduction to rape. This is not the first time that Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct with a man who was underage at the time.
Only one of the men in this sexual misconduct expose was identified by name. Victor Valdovinos was an extra on the set of Apt Pupil in the 90s. At the time, he was just 13-years-old and says that Bryan Singer fondled his genitals. On that same set, there was a shower scene, in which, several extras, aged 14 to 17, stripped naked for the scene and claimed they were bullied into doing so by the crew. This led to a series of lawsuits that were eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.
Additionally, three other men, who were all identified via pseudonyms, accused the filmmaker behind movies like The Usual Suspects and several entries in the X-Men franchise, of engaging in sexual activities with them when they were underage at various times throughout his career. One identified as Andy in the article says he and Bryan Singer had sex when he was just 15-years-old. Another, identified as Ben, states that he and Singer had oral sex. He was 17 or 18 at the time. Additionally, a man who was identified as Eric, says he was 17 when he and Singer started having sex with one another.
The latest accusations are part of a large expose that Bryan Singer knew was coming. In October of last year, he took to Instagram to condemn an article that was supposed to be published in Esquire. He claimed those writing the article were "making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible." Ultimately, the article was not published by Esquire. However, the article's authors, Alex French and Maximillian Potter, reportedly spent 12 months investigating these various claims and they spoke to 50 different sources. Singer, for his part, denied the accusations in a statement and condemned the credibility of the expose. Here's what he had to say.
"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."
Bryan Singer has faced two different lawsuits related to sexual misconduct in recent years. In April 2014, he was sued by Michael Egan, who alleged that Singer raped him several times in 1999. At the time, Egan was 17-years-old. The case was eventually dropped. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman also sued Singer in 2017, also claiming that Singer raped him. That case is still pending. For his part, Singer has denied all allegations that have been brought his way.
Even though Bryan Singer remains the credited director on Bohemian Rhapsody, which was just nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, he was fired from the production two weeks before it was set to wrap, with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) coming on board to finish the movie. Singer was criticized for taking credit on Instagram after the movie won two Golden Globes. Despite the various controversies surrounding him, Singer had been tapped to directed the Red Sonja remake and was set to be paid $10 million for his services. It's unclear as of yet if this latest set of accusations will have an effect on that project moving forward.
Andrew B. Brettler, Bryan Singer's attorney, also denied these new allegations within the expose, noting that the filmmaker denies ever having sex with underage men, and that he has never been arrested or charged with a crime. The article states that those who were interviewed were left "psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD" as a result of their encounters with Singer. This news was first reported by The Atlantic.