Ousted Queen Movie Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Assault
Bryan Singer, who was recently fired from directing the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, is being sued for sexual assault. Singer has been accused of forcing a 17-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and then raping him during a party on a yacht in Seattle in 2003.
TMZ has obtained a copy of the suit, and it alleges that Cesar Sanchez-Guzman attended a party, which was attended by "many young gay males," on a yacht owned by tech investor Lester Waters. Guzman says that, after meeting Singer, the director offered to take Guzman on a tour of the boat. When alone in one of the rooms, Singer, according to Guzman, "pulled out his penis, smacked Guzman in the face with it and forced it into his mouth. Guzman claims he pleaded with Singer to stop, but he kept going ... causing him to choke." The suit adds that Singer also forcibly performed oral sex on Guzman, and then he anally raped the boy.
Guzman is being represented by Jeff Herman, and Singer's spokesman, in his denial, brought up Herman's role in a similar sexual assault case filed against Singer in 2014 by Michael Egan.
"The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan," he said. "Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to federal prison for lying in a fraud case." The representative added that other defendants in that case later sued Herman for malicious prosecution, and that those charges were eventually settled.
Last week, production on Bohemian Rhapsody was halted after Singer didn't return to the set after taking a break for Thanksgiving. Singer was subsequently fired from the production -- with news leaking that he clashed with Rami Malek, who is playing Freddie Mercury -- and replaced with Dexter Fletcher. The director said that his disappearance was due to "pressing health matters concerning one of my parents." He added that his request for time off to attend to this matter was denied by the studio, who subsequently "terminated my services."