Reps for filmmaker Bryan Singer have categorically denied sexual assault allegations levelled at the “X-Men” filmmaker in a recently filed lawsuit by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman which Buzzfeed first reported on.
The suit claims that during a Washington State yacht party hosted by wealthy tech investor Lester Waters in 2003, Singer forced then 17 year-old Sanchez-Guzman to perform oral sex before raping him. After the assault, Singer reportedly threatened to ruin his reputation.
The age of consent in Washington state is 16 years old which is why the claim is for sexual assault and battery rather than statutory rape. Another twist? The suit was prepared by sexual abuse case specialists HermanLaw.
HermanLaw’s Jeff Herman was the lawyer who represented Michael Egan III who filed a civil suit against Singer in 2014 alleging Singer had drugged him and forced him to have sex at parties at a mansion in Encino and in Hawaii several years beforehand.
Herman ended up dropping Egan as a client as the case became thin with Egan subsequently withdrawing his suit and later being indicted over securities fraud and wire fraud and spent two years in jail for that. Herman eventually apologized to Singer and others named in the matter.
Singer’s reps have said: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end… Notwithstanding his track record, this same lawyer is coming after Bryan again. We are confident that this case will turn out the same way the Egan case did. And once Bryan prevails, he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution.”
The lawsuit hits just days after Singer was fired from the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Singer has spoken with TMZ this week and maintains the line that he was unfairly fired from the film: “It’s gonna be my film. Me and Rami [Malek] are cool. We had two great weeks, and then I had two instances with my mother, I had to fly back to see her in the hospital – one in the hospital, one out of the hospital – and then eventually that took a toll on me. And that didn’t allow me to get the best out of him and his fellow actors, that I knew I needed. I knew I needed the time off, and instead I was summarily fired. That’s what happened.”