Four more men have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood film director Bryan Singer, according to a bombshell expose published Wednesday by The Atlantic magazine.
The magazine reportedly interviewed more than 50 sources, which included the four men who claim they had not previously spoken about their experiences with Singer. All claim they were under the age of 18 when they were assaulted, according to the report.
In December 2017, Singer was fired by Sony 20th Century Fox during the production of "Bohemian Rhapsody," the Queen biopic which was released in 2018. Sony executives said he was fired after unexplained absences from the set and tensions with actor Rami Malek.
At about the same time, the 53-year-old director was sued by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claimed he was sexually assaulted by the director. The incident allegedly occurred on a yacht in Seattle when Sanchez-Guzman was 17.
What are the new allegations?
One man, who's being called Eric, told The Atlantic that he was 17 when he had sex with Singer at the director's home during a party in 1997. Another man, dubbed Andy, claimed he had sex with Singer that same year at a Beverly Hills mansion. Andy was 15 at the time.
Both men asked The Atlantic to protect their identity for fear of retaliation and certain details of their past to be revealed.
Singer would have been in his early 30s at the time.
"The accusations against Singer cover a spectrum," the report emphasized. "Some of the alleged victims say they were seduced by the director while underage; others say they were raped. The victims we interviewed told us these experiences left them psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD."
The report describes predatory behavior that was aided by the director's accomplices.
"If you weren't young and cute enough to be their boy, you could still ingratiate yourself by bringing boys to them," he is quoted as saying.
Lawyer Andrew B. Brettler, who represents Singer, pointed out that the director has never been arrested for or charged with any crime, the report said. Singer has also denied ever having sex with underage men.
What happened at the school?
Also in 1997, Victor Valdovinos, who was in seventh grade at the time, attended the Eliot Middle School in Altadena, California, where "Apt Pupil" was filmed. It was Singer's first film after his breakout movie, "The Usual Suspects."
One afternoon after basketball practice, Valdovinos was standing at the urinal in an empty restroom at the school when he suddenly felt a presence behind him. He turned around and saw a man in his 30s standing there.
Valdovinos told the magazine that Singer looked him over and said, "You're so good-looking. What are you doing tomorrow? Maybe I could have somebody contact you about putting you in this movie."
He was 13.
Brettler told the Atlantic that Singer has denied knowing Valdovinos and also denied that anything happened between them.
Valdovinos said he was dropped off one day to work as an extra. He was directed to the locker room where he was told to remove all his clothes, wrap himself in a towel and wait.
Here's what he told the magazine:
"I'm hanging out," Valdovinos says. "All of a sudden, Bryan comes in. He goes, 'Hey! How are you?' Real cheerful. And I'm like, 'Hi.' I can't remember his exact words, but he was kind of just saying 'Come back here.' He kind of directs me; he kind of grabs me; and he takes us to the back area, which was kind of closed off. Like, this is the whole locker room"—Valdovinos gestures to suggest the space—"they're doing their stuff over there, and I was back here, in the towel, with no shirt and no clothes on, sitting on one of the locker-room benches.
Bryan's like, 'Just hang out here. It's going to be all day. Don't worry." Singer left, and Valdovinos waited for what seemed like hours. Eventually, he says, Singer came back and made small talk. How are you doing? Do you need anything? "Every time he had a chance—three times—he would go back there … He was always touching my chest." Finally, according to Valdovinos, Singer reached through the towel flaps and "grabbed my genitals and started masturbating it." The director also "rubbed his front part on me," Valdovinos alleges. "He did it all with this smile." Valdovinos says that Singer told him, "You're so good-looking … I really want to work with you … I have a nice Ferrari … I'm going to take care of you."
The scenario played out multiple times throughout the day, Valdovinos said.
What about the pool parties?
Another man, Ben, told The Atlantic that he met Singer at one of the director's pool parties in the 1990s, which were well-known on the gay Hollywood scene. He was 16 and had recently been kicked out of his family's home.
Ben claimed that Singer seduced him and later passed him around among the men in his social circle.
He detailed the account of his first encounter to The Atlantic.
"One time after a party, Bryan went to bed early. He said he didn't feel well and needed me to tuck him in." Singer was fine; that was when he and Ben had oral sex. (Ben was able to tell us the address of the Butler Avenue house and the name of its owner, and to accurately describe details of the interior. Another source in this article recalls seeing him at parties during this period.)
"He would stick his hands down your pants without your consent," Ben recalls. "He was predatory in that he would ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with them."
All of the men who spoke to The Atlantic described painful struggles in their relationships, with drugs and other issues in the years that followed their experiences with Singer. Some wondered how their lives might have been different if they'd never met him.
Singer has directed many popular movies, including four of the "X-Men" films, "Superman Returns," and "Valkyrie."
The director is currently in negotiations for Millenium Films' big screen adaptation of "Red Sonja," which could bring him a payday of up to $10 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.