Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old boy at a yacht party in 2003 in a lawsuit filed today.
The filing alleges that Singer forcibly anally penetrated the plaintiff, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, after forcing him into performing oral sex on the director.
“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 claim documents state.
“The sexual abuse has caused Cesar to experience severe psychological, mental and emotional injuries, shame, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life.
“These injuries are persistent, permanent and debilitating in nature. Cesar did not discover the causal connection between the sexual assault and his injuries for which this claim is brought.”
“Cesar pleaded for him to stop,” the documents repeatedly say.
Singer has directed several films in the X-Men franchise, as well as The Usual Suspects, which starred alleged serial abuser Kevin Spacey.
This is not the first time Singer has been hit with accusations of abuse. In 1997, a 14-year-old extra on Singer’s film Apt Pupil said the director forced him to strip naked on set.
He has also been the subject of two previous sexual assault lawsuits, one of which was withdrawn by the anonymous accuser, while the other fell apart when the man’s lawyers discovered they were false accusations.
There have been several instances on films over the years when Singer, who is infamous for throwing wild, lavish Los Angeles parties, would disappear from set for days at a time.
He was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody for not returning to set after Thanksgiving weekend, and reports suggest he had clashed with its star Rami Malek repeatedly on set.
Rumours of sexual misconduct have followed Singer, who is openly gay, throughout his career.
His firing from the Queen film prompted suggestions that he would be the next domino to fall in Hollywood as a result of the #MeToo movement, suggesting that the impending lawsuit may have contributed to his removal from the project.