In December 2017, Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer was sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old in 2003. It wasn’t the first time Singer had been accused of sexual assault, however, and now four more allegations have emerged against the filmmaker. A report published in The Atlantic today, January 23rd, depicts Singer as a serial sexual predator who “surrounded himself with vulnerable teenage boys,” often with the help of friends or aides. The article also includes allegations that Singer assaulted four different men when they were teenagers. One, Victor Valdovinos, claimed that the director groped him when he was a 13-year-old extra in Apt Pupil. Two of the men accused Singer of statutory rape, and the fourth man, identified as Ben, told the magazine that he and Singer had oral sex when he was 17 or 18.
The alleged victims told The Atlantic that the assaults had caused PTSD, substance abuse, and depression. The magazine noted that Singer’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, denied the allegations against the director.
In a statement tweeted by The Atlantic‘s communications team, the article’s writers, Maximillian Potter and Alex French, noted that the piece was originally meant to run in Esquire. However, Potter and French said that Hearst executives killed the story.
Singer himself later issued a statement to Variety, arguing that the allegations weren’t credible, pointing to the fact that Hearst had chosen not to print the story.
Reports of Singer’s sexual abuse have been circulating for decades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was sued in 2014 for allegedly drugging and raping a man in 1999. We’ll be watching to see how this story develops. In the meantime, we stand with Singer’s accusers and with all survivors of sexual assault.