Published Jan 23, 2019Director Bryan Singer is technically part of this year's awards season. After all, despite being fired from the project, he did direct the Golden Globe-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. That said, the narrative surrounding Singer is far more sinister, as he's just been accused of sexual misconduct by four men who claim the crimes took place when they were underage.
Following a previous allegation from a man who alleged Singer raped him when he was 17, The Atlantic has published an enormous exposé that documents allegations from four men who claim Singer seduced them when they were underage. The piece was written by Alex French and Maximilian Potter, who worked on the story for 12 months and spoke with more than 50 sources.
A man named Victor Valdovinos alleged that Singer molested him at the age of 13 while he was an extra on the set of the movie Apt Pupil. He's not the only person to come forward — in 1998, the parents of an extra named Devin St. Albin (then 14) sued Singer and the movie's producers for allegedly filming minors naked in a shower scene without permission.
Three other accusers were not named but have similar stories in The Atlantic. One, named Ben, describes allegedly attending a lurid party at Singer's house when he was 17 or 18.
"He would stick his hands down your pants without consent," Ben explained. "He was predatory in that he would ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with him."
Another accuser, who used the pseudonym Eric, alleged that Singer had a network of people who would bring him young boys. "If you weren't young and cute enough to be their boy, you could still ingratiate yourself by bringing boys to them," he said.
Another man claims Singer had sex with him at a mansion when he was just 15 years old. According to the story, the man had previously discussed his age with the director before they had sex. This was in 1997, and Singer would have been 31 at the time.
The full Atlantic piece can be read here. As of press time, Singer has not been formally charged for any crime.
Singer also released a statement in response to the story. First published by Deadline, you can read his statement below.
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.
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.