The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, filed a civil lawsuit against Singer on Thursday, claiming the X-Men director raped him during a yacht party in Seattle. Sanchez-Guzman was 17 at the time.
According to the lawsuit, the alleged assault occurred on a yacht owned by Lester Waters, who is described as "a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area." Sanchez-Guzman claims Singer offered to take him on a tour of the boat; but when they got into a room, Singer began forcing him to perform sexual acts.
"Singer forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar’s face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him," the suit stated. "[…] Singer then forcibly anally penetrated Cesar. Cesar pleaded for him to stop."
Following the incident, Singer allegedly told Sanchez-Guzman that he was a Hollywood director who could help his career ... if he promised to keep quiet.
"He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation," the suit states.
Sanchez-Guzman is seeking undisclosed damages for "emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life, past and future medical expenses," in addition to attorneys’ fees and other unspecific damages.
Singer’s representatives have denied the allegations.
This isn’t the first time Singer has faced sexual misconduct accusations. Back in 2014, Michael Egan III sued Singer for allegedly drugging him and forcing him to have sex at parties in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Egan eventually dropped his lawsuit.
Sanchez-Guzman's complaint was filed just days after Singer was fired from directing the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.