Bryan Singer Hit With Fresh Allegations of Sex With Underage Boys
Bryan Singer, the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is facing new allegations published in the Atlantic on Wednesday that he engaged in sexual misconduct with underage boys. In the report, four men allege that Singer had sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers in the late 1990s. One of the men, Victor Valdovinos, says he was a 13-year-old extra on the set of “Apt Pupil” when Singer fondled his genitals. The three other accusers are identified in the story by pseudonyms. One, identified in the story as Andy, says that he had sex with Singer when he was 15.
The director will get a fee of up to million for the Millennium film.
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More than 24 hours after The Atlantic published a bombshell exposé about Bryan Singer and underage boys, Millennium Films has weighed in on the director’s fate with regards to its reboot of the film Red Sonja. Even after being accused by four men of having sex with them when they were younger than the age of consent, Singer is keeping his job.
"I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached," read a statement from producer Avi Lerner to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lerner added, "The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen. I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise."
Bryan Singer Responds To Atlantic Report: “Homophobic Smear Piece Timed To Take Advantage Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Success”
Director Bryan Singer has responded to an exposé report published by The Atlantic this morning, which includes multiple allegations that the filmmaker had sex with underage boys and one from a man who says he was fondled at age 13 by Singer on a film set. In a message sent to us by a representative, the director said, “The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.
Sign Out . Bryan Singer Will Still Direct Red Sonja Despite New Allegations of Sexual Abuse and Molestation. On Wednesday morning, The Atlantic published an extensive report on the molestation and sexual abuse allegations against Bryan Singer , including interviews with four new accusers , but the reporting has not Millennium Films, which hired Singer to direct a reboot of the 1985 movie
After the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer expressed interest in directing a solo Mystique film On February 11, Millennium Films stated that Red Sonja , a film which Singer had been attached to direct " Bryan Singer accuser seeks to withdraw lawsuit against director". New York Daily News.
Singer is now being handled by crisis PR guru Howard Bragman, who also is representing Red Sonja.
It is a shocking development, given the severity of the claims and considering the number of Hollywood actors, producers and executives who have seen their careers evaporate after facing less damaging accusations. The journalists spent 12 months investigating the Bohemian Rhapsody director, beginning work on— originally slated for Esquire — as Hollywood’s #MeToo movement was still gaining momentum (the two reporters say their piece was killed by Hearst higher-ups).
Sources say Millennium had been inundated with calls and emails over the past day calling Millennium complicit if it continued to work with Singer, but Lerner decided to stay the course.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Loses GLAAD Award Nomination Over Bryan Singer Accusations (EXCLUSIVE)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has been removed as a best original film nominee at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, following new accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against director Bryan Singer. The media watchdog told Variety exclusively it has pulled the film from contention for the prize, in a weighted decision that takes a stand for sexual assault victims. Singer has consistently denied misconduct, and called the Atlantic story “a homophobic smear piece.
' Red Sonja ' Star Brigitte NielsenIf Bryan Singer 's GuiltyRemove Him Now, Or Big Mama Will. Little background: the fictional Sonja character is a victim of sexual assault, a fact that helped fuel the outrage over Singer possibly directing the film.
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The journalists spoke to more than 50 sources, including four men who spoke about their relationship with the writer-director for the first time. Victor Valdovinos — the only subject to use his name — told The Atlantic that he was a 13-year-old extra on the set of Apt Pupil when a 30-something Singer sexually assaulted him. (That film sparked a series of lawsuits by underage extras who were forced to disrobe entirely for a shower scene.)
Another man claimed that he had sex with Singer’s when he was 17. Another claimed that he and Singer had sex when he was 15. Both incidents are said to have happened in 1997.
One accuser said that Singer and a network of friends had people who brought them boys. "If you weren’t young and cute enough to be their boy, you could still ingratiate yourself by bringing boys to them," he is quoted as saying.
Bryan Singer Stands to Make $40 Million From 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (Exclusive)
Despite being fired from the Oscar-nominated blockbuster, Singer remains the credited director and is still set to earn a hefty piece of the Queen movie’s profits.
Bryan Singer is reportedly in talks to direct Millennium's " Red Sonja ," one year after he was sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy.
Bryan Singer is in negotiations to direct Millennium's Red Sonja . Millennium is financing and producing the new version of Red Sonja and is hoping to start a franchise and capture A Red Sonya movie has been in the works at Millennium for over a decade, and Singer boarding the project would
In December 2017, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who said in a lawsuit that Singer raped him while aboard a yacht in Seattle in 2003, when he was 17. Singer has denied Sanchez-Guzman's allegations. Perhaps prophetically, Sanchez-Guzman told the magazine that "the industry will brush things under the rug and pretend nothing happened."
Even without the allegations of rape, Singer was an erratic presence on set. He was fired near the end of production of Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017, days before Sanchez-Guzman filed suit. Executives at 20th Century Fox made the move largely due to Singer’s unexplained absences from set. He was replaced by Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher, but he was still credited as sole director of the film due to DGA rules.
Still, Millennium hired Singer to direct its reboot of a female-empowered Red Sonja that is expected to begin shooting in Bulgaria in the spring. Even more shocking, the studio was willing to pay Singer his full quote of $10 million if certain box office milestones were met. Those negotiations came out in Singer’s favor despite the fact that he had no agent after being dropped by WME.
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"Everyone deserves a voice and anyone who wants to talk about what happened with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard," Malek said during a conversation at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Bryan Singer Will Still Direct Red Sonja Despite Sexual Misconduct Allegations. And Lerner, the head of Millennium Films—which recently signed Singer to a million deal to direct the upcoming film Red Sonja —stood by him, releasing a boldly worded statement that accused the Atlantic report
Answers Boards Community Contribute Games What’s New . Bryan Singer 's accusers speak out It will take a more recent victim to come forward in order to put Singer in jail or at the least on trial. He didn’t even finish Bohemians Rhapsody and Apocalypse was partially directed by Simon Kinberg .
At the time, Millennium execs said privately that they were willing to take the chance given the prerelease buzz on Bohemian Rhapsody, which has proved to be a huge hit, with $800 million to date worldwide at the box office. The film landed five Academy Award nominations this week, including best picture.
In the immediate aftermath of The Atlantic article, Singer released the following statement saying the story "rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits."
"The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism," Singer stated.
Singer added, "That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention. And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success."
Social welfare organization Time's Up released a statement on Thursday calling for claims against Singer to be investigated and noted, "Those who hire alleged abusers must recognize that these decisions not only subject their employees to possibly unsafe working conditions, but also perpetuate a broken system that rewards powerful people and allows them to act without consequence."
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