Oscar-nominated director Bryan Singer has strongly denied a string of sexual assault allegations made against him by four men, who claim he attacked them when they were underage.
Bryan, 53, has lashed out at a report by US magazine The Atlantic, which details the accounts of four unnamed men who allege that the Bohemian Rhapsody director molested and seduced them in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In a statement posted via his rep, Bryan 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.
Bryan Singer has denied the string of fresh allegations
"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."
He added: "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."
Bryan has previously denied separate allegations about sexual misconduct. He did not name the writer he accused of being a homophobe.
In a lawsuit filed in December 2017, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claimed Bryan raped him in 2003, when he was 17.
Bryan accused The Atlantic of publishing a ‘homophobic smear’ against him
But the X-Men director "categorically" denied ever meeting Cesar and denied all the man’s claims.
The age of consent in California is 18.
Another lawsuit filed in 2014 was later withdrawn by its complainant.
Of the four men who appear in The Atlantic’s piece, two allege that Bryan had sex with them before they were legally old enough to consent.
A third man claims he and a sexual encounter with the director but cannot remember his age at the time of the alleged incident.
Bryan singer was fired from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017
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And the fourth, named Victor Valdovinos, alleged that he was molested as a 13-year-old on the set of Apt Pupil by Bryan in 1997. Bryan denied the allegation and claimed he did not know Victor.
Andrew B. Brettler, Bryan’s lawyer, told the publication that the director "has never been arrested for or charged with any crime, and that Singer categorically denies ever having sex with, or a preference for, underage men".
Bryan was fired as director of the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017, with just weeks left of filming.
Amid reports that he would fail to turn up to production sessions, Bryan admitted there were "creative differences on set" but insisted 20th Century Fox would not allow him to take time off to care for a sick parent.
Bryan did not show up to the Golden Globe awards earlier this month, where Bohemian Rhapsody won for Drama Motion Picture. He has not been involved in any of the promotional touring either.