Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
The director of hit film Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer, has been accused of new sexual misconduct allegations in a damning new report publish in the Atlantic.
The report claims that Singer engaged in sexual acts with four underage boys in the late 1990s.
One of the men is identified in the article as Victor Valdovinos, who alleges that he was 13-years-old when singer fondled his genitalia. He says he was working as an extra on the set of Apt Pupil at the time.
The three other men did not wish to be identified in the report and are instead referred to using pseudonyms.
One man referred to as Andy, claims he was 15 when he had sex with Singer.
Another called Eric says that he began having sex with the director when he was 17. Singer would have been 31 at the time.
A man named Ben, claims that he had oral sex with Singer at the age of 17 or 18.
“He would stick his hands down your pants without consent,” the man alleged in the report. “He was predatory in that he would ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with them.”
Singer’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has denied the accusations and disputed multiple details of the accuser’s stories.
Bryan Singer himself has also responded to the Atlantic’s article, labelling is a “low standard of journalistic integrity”.
“The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997.
“After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.
“That didn’t stop this writer from selling to to The Atlantic,” he added. “It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity.
“Again I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits…And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”
Bohemian Rhapsody received five Academy Award nominations yesterday, including best picture and best actor for leading man Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.
Singer was fired two weeks before the film wrapped up production in December 2017, but remains credited as the director.
After receiving his Oscar nomination, 37-year-old Malek told the Los Angeles Times that he wasn’t aware of the allegations against Singer before making the film.
“I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is,” he said.