In 2017, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.
Bryan Singer has released a statement preemptively slamming an article in Esquire, which he suggests will revisit claims of sexual abuse and misconduct lodged against him over the years.
The director -- known for films such as "The Usual Suspects" and "X-Men" -- put out a statement on Instagram early Monday morning.
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In the post, Singer implies that the article will be published to coincide with the release of his new Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he was fired from in the first weeks of filming due to unprofessional behavior (not showing up to set) and was replaced last minute by Dexter Fletcher. Singer will still get a directing credit on the film.
Read Singer's statement below.
I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me. They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don't even know. In today's climate where people's careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.
This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits [...] This article will misuse quotes from 'sources' that will claim to have 'intimate' knowledge of my personal life. It will also attempt to establish guilt by association simply because of people I've either known or met in the past. They will be attempting to tarnish a career I've spent 25 years to build.
Incidentally, this article has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, Bohemian Rhapsody. I am immensely proud of this film and everyone involved. I will comment further on this if necessary.
In 2017, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. The man claimed he had been assaulted during a yacht party in 2003 when he was 17 years old. In 2014, Singer was accused of sexual assault by Michael Egan, however Egan later withdrew his lawsuit. That same year in 2014, an anonymous lawsuit was filed in the UK but was also subsequently dropped. Singer has previously denied all of the allegations made above.
TooFab has contacted Esquire and a rep for Bryan Singer.
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