Film director Bryan Singer, who’s long been mentioned as a sexual predator, and is very much into young teenage boys, is finally being taken to court and sued for his crimes by a former victim. Verified stories from abused young boys (now adults) are coming to the surface in recent years after Singer was centrally mentioned in the documentary film ‘An Open Secret’ by Amy Berg, by his abused victims in interviews. One notable victim is Singer’s former accuser, Michael Egan, who claimed he was abused by him before being jailed for two years for fraud. There are other young boys who have yet to officially come forward with their own stories, as of yet. Perhaps, this is another case of the accused being a powerful Hollywood producer and film director, but this time preying on underage boys.
The day of reckoning has been mounting in recent months for Bryan Singer, and now a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has come forward claiming that he was sexually assaulted and raped at age 17 aboard Lester Water’s yacht by Singer in 2003, and has filed an official rape lawsuit against him. Bryan Singer says he will defend himself to the end in the lawsuit against these allegations.
As the saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s fire, however back in 2014 when Michael Egan filed a lawsuit against Singer, Egan was offered $100,000 to settle out of court, an offer which Egan reportedly refused. A year later, Egan was caught up in an investment fraud scheme which landed him two years in prison commencing in 2015, a year after he challenged Singer on what allegedly happened in the past. Michael Egan could have been discredited with this investment fraud charge, despite suffering at the hands of systemic industry pedophilia as an aspiring actor in Hollywood back when he was a teenager.
Michael Egan said he was abused from the age of 14-years old when he first moved to Los Angeles with his family to kick-start his acting career. During this time, he was allegedly sighted by Bryan Singer at one of the many industry “man/teen” pool parties at the shamed DEN (Digital Entertainment Network) Encino Mansion headquarters, where Singer would attend. He was over twenty years Michael Egan’s senior. You can learn more about this in the ‘An Open Secret’ documentary from 2014, by Amy Berg.
Expanding a little more on today’s news, back in the 2003, Bryan Singer allegedly gave Cesar Sanchez-Guzman a tour of Lester Water’s yacht, before taking Cesar into a private room and forcing him to perform oral sex on him, then doing the same back to him, before anally raping him. All the while, Cesar was resisting Singer’s advances, but in return for not speaking of the incident, Bryan Singer was said to have told Guzman that he would help him in his acting career, and if he spoke out about it, he would hire people to ruin his reputation.
What has been made clear here is the sheer power that Bryan Singer holds in the industry, and that many people are too afraid to speak out against him. Guzman is being represented by the same lawyer as Michael Egan – attorney Jeff Herman. A representative for Singer stated to People magazine: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
The rep added, “Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events.”
As you can see from these quotes from the media, Bryan Singer has a lot of power and a strong legal team vowing to fight any allegations against him. Bryan Singer came to fame with his unforgettable film, ‘The Usual Suspects‘ in 1995, then later went on to direct and produce the X-Men movies. However, whilst directing the new biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ about Freddie Mercury’s life, his behaviour had began to become more erratic, and he reportedly went a bit overboard during Thanksgiving, which has now seen him be replaced as the films’ director altogether. Maybe it’s due to these allegations mounting over his career in the industry and for his past sinful actions that he committed as a long serving director and producer in the industry? Regardless, Bryan Singer still has another new X-Men film on the way in 2018.
Some weeks before the wrapping of the principles of photography on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Bryan Singer’s behaviour was becoming so erratic, that he failed to show up to shoot, and on other days arriving very late and in a hungover state, resulting in him being fired. This was after Singer had taken a mandatory leave of absence that left Twentieth Century Fox high and dry on the production. The decision to fire him was made all the easier due to Singer’s feuding with many actors on set. It was reported that Singer even threw objects at the lead actor Rami Maleek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the film.
Twentieth Century Fox were also keen to relinquish his services on the film due to the fear of any his past sexual assault scandals coming back to haunt the production as a whole. An insider told Radar online, prior to his firing from the film, “He’s in really bad shape and went on a crazy bender over Thanksgiving, basically telling the studio to go f**k itself. He’s been on bad behavior this entire shoot, staying out until 2 or 3 am. every night, and showing up to set completely hungover or worse.”
The final straw was when the studio asked Singer if there were any sexual assault allegations about to drop down on him in the wake of so many sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape allegations that are shaking up much of Hollywood right now. A barrage of sexual harassment cases have very much been springing up a lot in recent months, almost as if they’re there to overshadow the worst of all, which is pedophilia – the rape and sexual assault of minors. Sort of like in this high profile case against Bryan Singer.
In connection to these recent allegations made against Singer, the USC (University of Southern California), which has an esteemed filmmaking course that has Bryan Singer’s name attached to it, after he donated a sum of $5 million to the school, has now condemned him. The student body recently came out and said that they didn’t want someone “accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault and pedophilia” to be associated with the USC.
The students said in a Change.org petition which said,”We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies”.
“It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.”
We’ve been meaning to cover this story for a while ourselves, but we had to wait for the story to break officially so that we could also weigh in on the hypocrisy in the industry, where seemingly, the molestation of teenage boys is common place. Does that mean that Bryan Singer should get a “free pass”? Erm, no, we don’t think so… However, as with all criminal cases, Bryan Singer has to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Only a couple weeks ago, Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain reposted a Daily Wire article about new Bryan Singer allegations on Twitter, with the text “Let us not forget”.
After Chastain’s post, Bryan Singer deleted his Twitter account. That came some time after actress Evan Rachel Wood was coerced to remove something that she shared over her social media account about Bryan Singer, as well as actor Noah Galvin, who had to retract a statement he made in an interview in a New York publication about Bryan Singer. It really makes us wonder where all these allegations against Bryan Singer are really coming from.
Additionally, in 1997, when Bryan Singer was directing the film ‘Apt Pupil’ with Brad Renfro as the lead, the 14-year old complained that he and other minors were asked to strip naked while filming a shower scene in the movie. Hmm, that’s pretty odd… We don’t remember that making the final cut of the film, or did it? We’d have to go back and watch the film again, but as far as we know, there probably was not a scene like that in the film, otherwise we would probably have remembered it, purely for the shock value of such a scene.
What’s worse is that Brad Renfro is now dead. He was a talented actor, who sadly took his own life with a heroin overdose in 2008. We wonder what he would have said about Bryan Singer today. Another tragic death of a young star, adding to the growing list of young Hollywood actors that seemingly take their own lives for one reason or another. So, many young adult actors, who are former child stars in Hollywood that turn often up dead, through overdoses or by some form of suicide… Indeed, those are things that make you go “Hmmm”.
Seemingly, the many allegations against Bryan Singer are now catching up with him, and surely it must make you begin to wonder about the inter-connection of where all these stories of Singer’s appetite for underage teenage boys is coming from, right?
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