Bryan Singer is facing a fresh wave of sexual misconduct allegations.
A feature published by The Atlantic this week included four new accusations against the director, who’s most recognisable screen work includes The Usual Suspects and the X-Men series.
One man, who remains anonymous in the article, claims he had sex with Singer when he was 15, while another alleges they had sex when he was 17. Both men say the director was aware they were under the age of 18, the legal age of consent in California.
A third man alleges he was 17 or 18 when he had oral sex with “predatory” Singer, telling the publication: “He would stick his hands down your pants without consent.”
A final man, Victor Valdovinos, claims that Singer sexually assaulted him when he was a 13-year-old extra on his 1998 film Apt Pupil, including “grabb[ing] my gentials and […] masturbating it” in a locker room on the film’s set.
Singer has denied the claims in a statement issued to 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,” he said.
“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.”
He continued: “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.”
Singer has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, but has refuted them all.
In December 2017, the director denied allegations that he had raped a 17-year-old boy, and said he would “vehemently defend” himself in the lawsuit that was brought forward against him.
Singer was fired from directing Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody weeks before filming wrapped up, but is still credited as the film’s director by the Director’s Guild of America.