Bryan Singer has denied sexual assault allegations after being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy.
According to Deadline, the incident supposedly occurred at a yacht party 14 years ago when Singer invited the then teen Cesar Sanchez-Guzman to a secluded back room where he allegedly assaulted him.
“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,” the three claim document adds. “He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation.”
The suit claims sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual exploitation of children (although the last claim seems ill-suited given the age of consent in Washington is 16 years-old). Sanchez-Guzman is seeking compensation for damages including “emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life” as well as past and future medical expenses and legal costs.
A representative for Singer has responded thusly: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.” He added: “Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now.”
The news comes just days after he was fired from his role as director of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Twentieth Century Fox let Singer go after he repeatedly went missing during production. He has since been replaced by Dexter Fletcher.
Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct in the past.