Filmmaker Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “Superman Returns”) has preemptively lashed out at an upcoming article in Esquire magazine, one that it appears to suggest will revisit sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that were levelled at him in the past.
Singer took to Instagram to issue a statement, with the piece likely to be released in conjunction with the opening of Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a few weeks – the film which Singer directed until he was fired from production towards the end of shooting and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher (though Singer will still receive credit for directing the film). Singer’s statement reads:
“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me. They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.
This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits. This article will misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have ‘intimate’ knowledge of my personal life. It will also attempt to establish guilt by association simply because of people I’ve either known or met in the past. They will be attempting to tarnish a career I’ve spent 25 years to build… I will comment further on this if necessary.”
Last year, Singer was accused of rape in 2003 by a then 17-year-old Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. Singer was previously accused by Michael Egan of assault in 2014 but Egan later apologized and said his allegations were untrue.
Source: The Playlist