Early this week, news emerged that Bryan Singer, the director behind such films as X-Men and Superman Returns had been fired from his latest outing, the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
20th Century Fox, the studio behind many of Singer's films, put out a statement citing Singer's "unexpected availability," a claim which Singer seemed to confirm in a statement:
With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.
Rumors also floated that Singer had butted heads with the film's star, Rami Malek, and that was the primary reason he was let go.
Wow I already loved Rami Malek but now he apparently brought down Bryan Singer and I'm over here like https://t.co/VYvGdWvhtt— Wil (@Wil)1512429365.0
Bryan Singer has had a long history of questionable sexual behavior.
Its about time Bryan Singer get exposed for being a perverted pedophile. He has paid off so many of his victims, ho… https://t.co/ZIYbaOAOfu— Coughing Hillary ™ (@Coughing Hillary ™)1512746555.0
Albin's parents weren't the only ones who sued, however.Several of the other boys also sued Singer and his producers, but the suits were ultimately dismissed for lack of evidence. This is a pattern that repeats throughout Singer's life – people make claims against him, said claims either disappear, or are walked back by accusers who then apologize for even speaking out. It's almost like Singer has guardian angels, much like another famous man accused of sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein.
By 2000, Singer had become a minor investor in the Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), a Youtube-like site that came out nearly a decade before Youtube.
Dear Media: Connections worth covering in the wake of #BryanSinger allegations - #BrockPierce Chairman of the Boar… https://t.co/L4bko5xKzP— Lydia Faithfull ™ (@Lydia Faithfull ™)1512759067.0
In 2002, the three men were finally found in Spain with guns, machetes, and “an enormous collection of child porn."Radar article would describe one of DEN's programs as being a "gay pedophile version of ‘Silver Spoons.'" So, how is Singer directly involved with all this, you ask?
Well, Singer introduced Brock Pierce to the other two founders of DEN when he was only 17 years old.
Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager, again https://t.co/kejDB1cQtx https://t.co/31v5edlFVJ— The A.V. Club (@The A.V. Club)1512697208.0
In fact, this is something that comes up time and time again – Singer has a noted appetite for "twinks," a term for slender, boyish-looking young gay men.In fact, when Vulture did a profile of actor Noah Galvin (of the now-canceled ABC sitcom "The Real O’Neals,"), they added several quotes from Galvin including this one – "Bryan Singer likes to invite little boys over to his pool and diddle them in the fucking dark of night."
Vulture deleted the quote, and appended the interview with an apology from Galvin.
This, again, is a pattern of Singer's – the accusation, and then the retraction and apology.
#TheRealONeals star Noah Galvin issues an apology over remarks about Bryan Singer and others https://t.co/x6Ui9EMbss https://t.co/Cq0hb7j5Mv— UPROXX (@UPROXX)1465579503.0
Singer refuted the claims saying they were "outrageous, vicious and completely false."guardian angel, or even several. But that wasn't the end of it...
Later in 2014, Singer was also the subject of yet another sexual assault lawsuit.
The Bryan Singer Timeline: A History of Allegations and Defenses, from Troubled Films to Sexual Assault Claims… https://t.co/cyjwcEehrG— IndieWire (@IndieWire)1512751500.0
From there, things got horrifying.
Singer and Goddard “started grabbing John Doe in a sexual manner" and when he resisted their advances, the suit claimed Goddard brought in a man to beat him up. Singer then removed his own boxer shorts, ordered the boy to sit on him and masturbate, and attempted to anally penetrate him. The next morning, Singer called the plaintiff to apologize.
By July, the case against Singer was dropped.
Though Singer was alluded to in the film, and there was copious footage of him at DEN parties, there were no details of allegations against him.Even then, the film could not find distributers. As producer Gabe Hoffman told The Guardian: "We got zero Hollywood offers to distribute the film. Not even one. Literally no offers for any price whatsoever." Hmm, who would have thought that a film about Hollywood pedophilia wouldn't find a home in Hollywood.
This week, new allegations against Singer have emerged.
NEW: Lawsuit filed against "X-Men" Director Bryan Singer for sexual assault of 17-year-old boy… https://t.co/iLjnWowA19— NBC News (@NBC News)1512694242.0
He met Mr. Singer for the first time at the 2003 party, which took place on a yacht in Seattle, when he offered to give him a tour of the boat. While showing him the master bedroom, according to the lawsuit, Mr. Singer shut the door behind them and demanded sex from Mr. Sanchez-Guzman.After he refused, the lawsuit says, Mr. Singer pushed him on the bed and sexually assaulted him.
But what happened AFTER the assault will make your blood boil...
After the assault, Singer threatened Sanchez-Guzman.
@flambo__ Bryan Singer has a long history of getting away with NUMEROUS allegations of sexual abuse/child molestati… https://t.co/sIEkwcV78V— Cyrus Toulabi (@Cyrus Toulabi)1512697795.0
Later, Bryan Singer approached Cesar and told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said 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.Again, all sorts of guardian angels can ruin people's reputations, as we have seen from the fallout of the Weinstein scandal.