Rough month for Bryan Singer…
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the director — who is no longer working on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody — is being sued by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the filmmaker raped him on a yacht in Seattle when the alleged victim was only 17 years old.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff says Singer offered to take him on a tour of the boat, owned by tech investor Lester Waters. Reportedly, the two were at a party with several gay young men.
It’s said that when they entered one of the rooms, Singer allegedly thrusted his body onto Guzman, forced him to the floor, and shoved the then-minor’s face against his crotch, demanding oral sex.
Then, Singer allegedly pulled out his penis, smacked Guzman’s face with it, and forced it into his mouth. Although the alleged victim pleaded with him to stop, Singer allegedly wouldn’t and caused him to choke.
After Singer allegedly performed oral sex on Guzman, the director is said to have penetrated the minor despite his pleas.
After the incident, Singer allegedly told Guzman he was a powerful Hollywood producer who would help him get into acting as long as he stayed silent. Additionally, Bryan allegedly told him no one would believe him if he went public with the story, and he could hire people to ruin his reputation.
Because of the alleged incident, Guzman says he suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical and mental pain.
In an interesting twist of events, the suit was filed by Jeff Herman, who representedfellow Singer accuser Michael Egan in 2014.
Singer’s rep points out:
“The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan. Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to Federal prison for lying in a fraud case.”
After the 2014 lawsuit was dismissed, Herman issued an apology saying he “participated in making what I now know to be untrue and proveably false allegations against you. I deeply regret the pain, suffering and damage the lawsuits and publicity have caused you, and your family, friends and colleagues.”
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