X-Men director Bryan Singer is preemptively responding to an upcoming Esquire magazine piece that he implies will revisit sexual abuse allegations against him.
Singer suggested on Instagram that the article will be released in conjunction with the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He wrote: "I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me. 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 irresponsible."
Last year, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman said that Singer raped him in 2003 at a yacht party. He was 17 at the time. He was also accused by Michael Egan of assault in 2014, though Egan later retracted allegations. Singer was also sued anonymously in 2014 for assault, but the suit was later dropped.
"This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits," Singer wrote. "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."
Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody two weeks before it wrapped, reportedly for unprofessional behavior, such as failing to show up on set. Dexter Fletcher replaced him, but Singer will receive credit as director.