Days after being fired from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, filmmaker Bryan Singer was sued on Thursday, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, reported Deadline Hollywood.
According to the court filings obtained by the publication, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has accused the filmmaker of luring him into a room during a yacht party in 2003, where he allegedly raped him. Sanchez also claimed that Singer had tried to silence him by offering an opportunity to act in films if he kept the alleged incident under wraps.
Singer, however, has denied the accusations. “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end,” the filmmaker’s representative said, according to the report.
Sanchez-Guzman will reportedly be seeking compensation for the damages caused by The Usual Suspects filmmaker including “emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life, past and future medical expenses”.
Singer was fired from the 20th Century Fox production Bohemian Rhapsody on December 5. In a statement, Singer claimed that he was removed from the film after Fox refused to give him time off to attend to his ailing parent. “Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine,” Singer said in the statement. “With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the US to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.”