Director Bryan Singer is hitting out preemptively at an upcoming profile in Esquire.
Though the article has yet to show up online, Singer made an Instagram post denying any ‘false accusations and bogus lawsuits’ that may appear in the piece.
Variety said Maximillian Potter is writing the profile. A source allegedly said Singer will not comment on the article.
‘I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,’ he began his statement.
Here is Singer’s statement in full:
They have contacted my friends, colleagues, and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsibile.
This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits. This article will misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have ‘intimate’ knowledge of my personal life. It will also attempt to establish guilt by association simply because of people I’ve either known or met in the past. They will be attempting to tarnish a career I’ve spent 25 years to build.
Incidentally, this article has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, Bohemian Rhapsody. I am immensely proud of this film and everyone involved.
I will comment further on this if necessary.
What’s going on?
Last December, Singer denied accusations that he raped a 17-year-old boy at a 2003 party. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against the director seeking damages including ’emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life’.
He was recently hired to direct another action film that is trying to tap into the success of Wonder Woman, despite these allegations.
Before that, he was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, which he refers to as his film in the statement. According to reports, Singer didn’t show up to set and also allegedly clashed with star Rami Malek.
Fox hired Dexter Fletcher to replace Singer and finish the film. Per Directors Guild of America guidelines, however, Singer retains sole director credits.
Bohemian Rhapsody comes out on 2 November in the US.