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Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Boy

Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Boy

The lawsuit alleges that Singer led Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, then 17, into a bedroom under the pretense of giving him a tour of the yacht. The gathering was hosted by technology investor Leslie Waters "who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area", the suit notes. Guzman was 17 at the time.

During the party, Singer lured Cesar into a room and allegedly demanded he perform oral sex. The suit was filed in Washington's King County by a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who alleges that Singer attacked him on a yacht when he was a minor.

Singer then allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Sanchez-Guzman, and then raped him, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jeff Herman.

In 1997, a 14-year-old "Apt Pupil" claimed Singer forced him and other minors to strip naked for a scene. The suit also claims that Singer allegedly told Sanchez-Guzman that he could help him break into the movie business in exchange for remaining silent about the incident.

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Guzman says he suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical and mental pain.

A representative for Singer did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

Reports had surfaced that Singer, 52, had been absent from the set in recent weeks, forcing production to shut down last Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The accusations come days after Singer was sacked by Twentieth Century Fox from their production of a Freddie Mercury biopic that only had two weeks left of shooting. However, rep for the filmmaker told TMZ the lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented a man, Michael Egan, who several years ago accused Singer and others in the industry of sexual misconduct, only to withdraw the claims. Egan dropped his lawsuit after being forced to admit that he had never been to Hawaii. He was also sentenced to two years in federal prison for an unrelated fraud case.