LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 — X-Men and The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to legal documents.
A rep told Variety that the director “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims that he met Singer during a yacht party near Seattle in 2003. The lawsuit alleges that the X-Men director offered to take the then 17-year-old Guzman on a tour of the boat.
When they got into a room, the lawsuit claims Singer “forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar’s face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him.”
The alleged assault took place on a yacht owned by Lester Waters, whom the lawsuit describes as a “wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”
The documents provide a graphic account of the alleged incident, claiming that Singer forced himself on Guzman, who “pleaded with [Singer] to stop” throughout the ordeal.
Later, the director allegedly told Guzman 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 documents added, “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.”
Guzman is seeking undisclosed damages for “emotional distress, mental anguish, 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.”
The lawsuit comes the same week that Singer was fired from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that Singer failed to show up to the London set on a number of occasions.
Actor Rami Malek, who stars as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the film, complained to Twentieth Century Fox about Singer on behalf of the cast.
Guzman’s lawsuit is not the first alleging 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.