LOS ANGELES – A prominent Hollywood filmmaker who days ago was fired as director of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been sued for allegedly raping a teenage boy in 2003, entertainment media in the United States reported.
In a complaint filed in the northwest US state of Washington, Cesar Sanchez Guzman said he was 17 when the director, Bryan Singer, forced him to perform acts of oral and anal sex during a party aboard a yacht.
Singer later allegedly told the youth that he was a well-known Hollywood producer and could help him get into acting as long as he did not say 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,” the lawsuit states, adding that the yacht was owned by Lester Waters, a wealthy tech-industry investor “who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”
A representative for the filmmaker said in a statement that Singer “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
It added that “once Bryan prevails he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution.”
Singer was accused in 2014 of sexually abusing a minor 15 years earlier, but that legal action was later dropped.
On Monday, the 20th Century Fox studio fired Singer as director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a film about the famed British rock band Queen.
That decision came after the filmmaker was repeatedly away from the set, an absence his representative attributed to a “personal health matter.”
The 52-year-old filmmaker is best known for directing “The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns” and four installments of the X-Men film series.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is slated for a Christmas Day 2018 release.