A major article about “X-Men” and “Usual Suspects” filmmaker Bryan Singer has arrived in The Atlantic this morning, one which includes four men accusing him of having sex with them when they were underage.
Conducted as part of a year-long investigation, the journalists on the piece claim to have spoken to over fifty sources including the aforementioned four who have never spoken about their experiences before. Two of them allege the events took place at Singer’s house in 1997 when he was in his early 30s – one of the boys was 17, the other 15 at the time and below the age of consent in California (18).
The piece goes on to say: “The accusations against Singer cover a spectrum. Some of the alleged victims say they were seduced by the director while underage; others say they were raped…The portrait of Singer that emerges is of a troubled man who surrounded himself with vulnerable teenage boys, many of them estranged from their families.”
They also indicated many of the sources interviewed insisted, out of fear of damaging their own career, that their names are withheld.
Singer was famously fired during the production of Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in December 2017, leaving Fox having to bring on “Rocketman” helmer Dexter Fletcher to finish the film which has since gone on to $800 million global box-office success.
Singer remains credited as sole director of the film due to DGA rules but was famously not mentioned in the acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Singer is next slated to helm a “Red Sonja” film adaptation for Millenium Films.
Singer has responded to the Atlantic’s expose, a representative telling Deadline:
“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.”