One of the most popular Hollywood directors, Bryan Singer rose to fame with films like The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, The X-Men franchise and the latest one, albeit partially, being Bohemian Rhapsody. However, that’s not the only reason he's making it to the headlines. In a shocking report by The Atlantic, the director has been slapped with rape allegations by four men. According to the report, the survivors have accused Bryan Singer of sexual misconduct while they were in their teens.
One of the survivors, Victor Valdovinos, claimed that he worked as an extra on Bryan Singer’s 1998 film Apt Pupil and that’s when Singer assaulted him by fondling his genitals. Rest of the survivors have been identified in the story by pseudonyms, to keep their identity a secret. One of them, identified as Andy, said that he had sex with Bryan at the age of 15. Another man, identified as Eric, mentioned that began having sex with the director when he was 17 and Singer was supposedly 31-year-old at the time. The third man, Ben, revealed that he and Bryan had oral sex when he was 17 or 18. “He would stick his hands down your pants without consent. He was predatory in that he would ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with them,” he told The Atlantic.
However, Bryan’s legal representative, Andrew Brettler has rubbished the allegations. He said that Bryan has never had a criminal record in the past since he was never arrested for or charged with any crime. He further revealed that “Singer categorically denies ever having sex with, or a preference for, underage men.”
Bryan was kicked out from Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017, just two weeks before the end of production stage. He, however, is still credited as the director of the film. At the Academy Awards 2019, Bohemian Rhapsody received a total of five nominations including best picture and best actor. But with an accusation as heinous as this, we wonder if The Academy will re-think their decision of nominating Bohemian Rhapsody all together. During the 2018 Oscars, James Franco was expected to get a nomination for the best actor category for his performance in ‘The Disaster Artist’. However, the actor didn’t make it to the list as a result of his alleged sexual misconduct.