Bryan Singer accused of raping teen boy
Hollywood director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in Seattle in 2003.
The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, accused the director of forcing him to perform a sex act.
According to the suit, which was filed in state court in Seattle on Thursday, the director then forcibly performed two sex acts on him.Last Jedi set for $215m opening in US
Later, Singer approached Sanchez-Guzman and told him he was a producer and could help him get into acting if he did not say anything about the incident, the suit alleges.
"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," the lawsuit states.
The yacht was owned by Lester Waters, a wealthy tech investor "who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area," the suit alleges.Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies at 89
Singer's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The suit comes just three days after Fox fired Singer as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Freddy Mercury now shooting in London.
Singer was repeatedly absent from the set and did not return after Thanksgiving, causing a shutdown in production.Assault laws in focus amid Weinstein saga
After he was fired, Singer said he was unable to make it to the set because he was caring for an ailing parent. The studio named Dexter Fletcher as his replacement on Wednesday.