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Director Bryan Singer Takes Aim at Upcoming Esquire Piece Calling it 'False'

Monday Oct 15, 2018

Director Bryan Singer is getting ahead of an upcoming Esquire piece that the filmmaker says will be negative and is a "reckless disregard for the truth," Deadline points out.

Singer, known for directing the "X-Men" movies and was recently fired from filming the Freddie Mercury Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," made the announcement on Instagram.

"I have know for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me," he wrote, adding that his friends, colleagues and "people I don't even know" have been contacted for the Esquire piece.

Singer adds the article will "attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits" and "guilt by association." He says the piece "has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' I am immensely proud of this film and the company involved. I will comment further on this if necessary."

Last year Singer was accused of assaulting Cesar Sanchez-Guzman when he was 17 years old on a yacht party in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit last year claiming the director "demanded sex from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman while giving him a tour of the vessel as it sailed on Lake Union and Lake Washington. After the then-teenager refused, the lawsuit says, Singer pushed him on a bed and raped him," the Associated Press wrote at the time.

Singer's attorney Andrew Brettler released a statement at the time saying the director "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," the statement said. "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 was also fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody" a few weeks after production had finished, according to Deadline. 20th Century Fox called his behavior "unprofessional" for allegedly missing from work. Singer later said his absence was because of a sick family member. Though he is still credited as director, Dexter Fletcher briefly replaced him.

Read Singer's Instagram in full below.


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