Bryan Singer, pictured here in 2013, is accused of forcing a then 17-year-old to perform oral sex on him before raping him.
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“X-men” and “The Usual Suspects” director Bryan Singer on Thursday accused of sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in the Seattle area in 2003, according to several reports.
A civil lawsuit brought in Washington state court by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, claiming that the Singer offered to Sanchez-Guzman a tour of the yacht. On that pretext, the suit alleged, Singer “lured Caesar in a room, closed the door and demanded that He perform oral sex.” As Sanchez-Guzman refused, the Singer allegedly forced Sanchez-Guzman, to perform oral sex on him before raping him.
The alleged attack took place on a yacht in the hands of Lester Waters, with whom the lawsuit describes as a “rich tech investor, who often hosted parties for young gay men in the Seattle area.”
At a point after the alleged assault, the lawsuit claims the Singer told Sanchez-Guzman “that he is a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get in the act as long as He never said anything about the incident.”
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Singer also allegedly told Sanchez-Guzman “that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of the destruction of one’s reputation.”
The lawsuit wants covered damages for “emotional distress, psychological complaints, 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.”
A representative for the Singer not immediately respond to an e-mail asking for comment. A rep told Variety that the director “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the end.”
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The lawsuit was filed in the same week that the Singer was fired from the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that the Singer failed to show up to the London set on a number of occasions. Actor Rami Malek, who star as Queen singer Freddie Mercury in the film, a complaint with Twentieth Century Fox about the Singer on behalf of the cast.
The lawsuit is not the first alleged sexual misconduct by Singer. In 2014, Michael Egan III filed a lawsuit claiming that Singer had drugged him and forced him to have sex at parties in the Los Angeles area and Hawaii. Egan dropped his lawsuit after being forced to admit that he had never been to Hawaii.
In 2015, Egan was sentenced to two years in federal prison in an unrelated fraud.
Several big names in the show business, politics and journalism have fallen from grace since October. That is when the first articles appeared revealing sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein and energizing #MeToo movement in which women have called men they say abused or molested.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.