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Fourteen years ago, famous director and producer Bryan Singer reportedly spent time on a yacht with a 17-year-old boy. During that time, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman alleges Bryan Singer forced his face toward the director's genitals, asking for oral sex. He also says Singer later performed oral sex on him, even though he asked Singer to stop. Finally, he alleges the director raped him. The man is now suing the X-Men: Apocalypse director for the incident that occurred back in 2003. And the director and producer is categorically denying the incident ever happened. More details, below.
Per the lawsuit filed on Thursday, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says that Bryan Singer told him that he could help the young man achieve great heights in his career. He also indicates that Singer told him not to report the alleged incident or he would "hire people" who could theoretically ruin Sanchez-Guzman's life. The incident reportedly occurred on a yacht belonging to investor Lester Waters, who is known for buying into tech properties.
Bryan Singer's Lawyer Andrew Brettler explained to TMZ that the director will be fighting the allegations, as his client says they never happened. Brettler also seems to believe that Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has reasons for coming forth with the allegations, now.
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 event.
Controversy has followed Bryan Singer before, and in fact, in 2014 when he was sued for similarly spending time with Michael Egan, the lawyer on the suit, Jeff Herman, was the same as in the new Cesar Sanchez-Guzman case, per Andrew Brettler. Michael Egan also made allegations against Singer, which later fell apart under scrutiny. Rumors at the time also ran around about underage parties in Hollywood.
Bryan Singer has been in the news a lot over the past week. His deal with Fox was ending, and then he was unceremoniously fired from the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and replaced with Dexter Fletcher. According to Singer, Fox was uncooperative about him needing to leave set to deal with an ailing relative. Singer also went on record with TMZ this week to explain that he doesn't feel the allegations that have been lobbied at him in the past and currently had anything to do with the firing, although he did note he is fine the studio didn't give a specific statement as the reasons for firing him he feels were "inaccurate and embarrassing."
We'll keep you updated as the Cesar Sanchez-Guzman lawsuit moves forward through the court system.