Words: Steve Brown
Bryan Singer has slammed an article detailing allegations of sexual assault against him calling it a ‘homophobic smear piece’.
The director – who most recently helmed the award-winning and Academy Award frontrunner Bohemian Rhapsody – has been accused by for men who claim Singer allegedly sexually assault them when they were underage, according to a lengthy article in The Atlantic.
However, the X-Men director has rebuked the claims and slammed the publication for stooping ‘this low standard of journalistic integrity’.
In a statement acquired by Deadline, Singer said: “The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997.
“After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism. That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic.
“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity.
“Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention.
“And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”
In the article, three men using pseudonyms and another man Victor Valdovinos, claimed the director raped and molested them while on the set of his movies.
He was also targeted with lawsuits alleging sexual assault in 2014 and 2017.
Despite slamming the article in the Atlantic, the article’s writers claimed the spent ’12 months investigating various lawsuits and allegations’ against the director and ‘spoke with more than 50 sources’.