Prior to the release of director Bryan Singer’s upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Esquire magazine plans to release yet another article detailing his alleged sexual predation of teenaged boys, a dark cloud that has followed the acclaimed filmmaker throughout his career.
Though the specifics of the Esquire article remain unknown at this time, it clearly paints Singer in an unflattering light given that the director has already blasted it as a story that will “rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits.”
“In today’s climate where people’s careers are harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible,” Singer wrote Monday morning on Instagram.
According to TheWrap, Esquire did reach out to Singer for comment; he declined. The article should be made available this week.
Director Bryan Singer has had a raft of sexual assault allegations made against him — and most of the allegations involve teenaged boys.
Back in 2014, his film X Men: Days of Future Past nearly came undone when actor Michael Egan III filed a civil suit alleging that Singer drugged him and “forced him into sex at parties in Encino and Hawaii — starting when Egan was only 15.” Singer denied the allegations and the lawsuit was eventually dropped. At the same time, though, another alleged victim filed suit against Singer, making similar accusations. That suit was eventually dismissed.
In 1997, a third allegation emerged against Singer. A 14-year-old boy said that the director asked him and other minors to shower in the nude for the film Apt Pupil. That lawsuit was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.
In late 2017, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Cesar Sanchez-Guzman alleged that Singer raped him on the yacht of a tech investor in 2003 when Sanchez-Guzman was just 17 years old.
To make matters worse, another shoe dropped in the Bryan Singer saga when former “Top Gun” and “ER” actor Anthony Edwards published a harrowing essay online accusing Singer’s longtime pal and collaborator Gary Goddard of molesting him at age 12.
“My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet,” Edwards wrote.
The 63-year-old Gary Goddard directed the 1987 “He-Man” live-action film “Masters of the Universe” before going on to form the entertainment design firm The Goddard Group. The firm has helped to create top-level theme park attractions for Six Flags and Universal Studios as well as the Tony Award-winning revival of the hit musical “Hair.”
Back in 2014, Goddard also was accused alongside director Bryan Singer of sexually molesting an anonymous British teenager and actor Michael Egan III. Both men denied the allegations and the suits were eventually dropped.
According to IMDB, Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard were co-directing the upcoming musical “Broadway 4D” starring Christina Aguilera and Hugh Jackman. As of now, that project has been shelved.