Director Bryan Singer at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Director Bryan Singer at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

X-Men director accused of rape

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ACCLAIMED director Bryan Singer has denied rape allegations after being sued for alleged sexual assault against a 17-year-old boy during a yacht party.

The alleged incident took place in 2003, according to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Among the gay males at the party was the plaintiff Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.

The suit, filed Thursday, claims Singer took the then-17-year-old for a tour of the boat before taking him to a room where he ""forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar's face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him."

The suit says the director then raped Sanchez-Guzman, despite pleas to stop.

Following the alleged incident, the suit claims Singer approached Sanchez-Guzman and told him his Hollywood influence could assist his career and he could destroy the reputation of the young actor if he told anyone.

The suit was filed by lawyer Jeff Herman.

In response to the claims, a representative for Singer told TMZ: "The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michel Egan. Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to Federal prison for lying in a fraud case."

Singer is a famed Hollywood director who received his big break for directing the 1995 crime thriller The Usual Suspects - which starred disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

The claims against Singer come just one month after Spacey was battered by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against young men.

This week, it was revealed production on The Usual Suspects was shut down for two days after Kevin Spacey was accused of "inappropriate sexual behaviour", actor Gabriel Byrne said.

Byrne, who also starred in the Oscar-winning film, told the UK's Sunday Times that Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by a younger actor that prompted the brief shutdown, but he didn't know the extent of the situation.

The allegations against Singer come just days after the director was fired from the big-budget Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Twentieth Century Fox confirmed the director was sacked after failing to show up to work for several days last week.

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