A new lawsuit over an alleged 2003 sexual assault has just been filed against "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer, who was just fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody."
People reports that Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims that while on board a yacht with the director in 2003 when he was 17, Singer "forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar's face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him."
The lawsuit also alleges that Singer said he could help Guzman get into acting, "as long as [he] never said anything about the incident... 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."
A representative for Singer released this statement to People refuting the charges: "Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events."
Singer has previously been sued by two men with similar claims of sexual assault when they were underage. In 2014, aspiring model and actor Michael Egan filed a civil suit against the director over an incident that reportedly took place in the '90s. He eventually dropped the lawsuit, saying he could not find a lawyer to represent him. The next year, he was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to securities and wire fraud, according to Variety.
Later in 2014, a second lawsuit from an unnamed accuser was ultimately dismissed on the grounds that there was no legal basis for the suit and that it was improperly brought.
Rumors have long swirled about Singer and many initially assumed that, like so many recently unmasked high-profile Hollywood predators, his firing from "Bohemian Rhapsody" was over pending sexual assault charges.
Singer's unexplained absence from the set, which he later said was due to an illness in the family, and his clashes with leading man Rami Malik were the reasons cited for his dismissal. Director Dexter Fletcher ("Eddie the Eagle") has been hired to replace Singer.