American film producer and director Bryan Singer, popularly known for his work on the X-men movies, has been accused of sexually assaulting a boy named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman –who was 17 years old at the time– on a yacht in 2003.
In the lawsuit filed in Washington state court on Thursday, Cesar claimed that he met the director at a party on the yacht. Singer, then allegedly lured him into a room after giving him a tour of the place and “shut the door and demanded that Cesar perform oral sex.”
When Cesar refused, “Bryan Singer forced him into acts of oral and anal sex.”
Making matters more complex, the lawsuit also says that Bryan Singer allegedly tried to use his status and influence to silence the plaintiff:
“Later, Bryan Singer approached Cesar and told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident. 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.”
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman demands “general and specific damages” from Bryan Singer for, among other things, “emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering,” which he suffered from the alleged attack.
This is the second time Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor, after Michael Egan who accused him of raping and drugging him back in 1999.