Bryan Singer Pushes Back Against Esquire Article That Reminds Us of the Allegations Against Him
Bryan Singer is, by all accounts, a truly mediocre filmmaker. He was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody for unprofessional behavior, and none of his X-Men movies are remotely decent. Of course, there are also the allegations of child sexual harassment and assault, which stem back to 1997, where parents sued him for filming naked 14-year old extras on set without permission.
The most recent allegation was in 2017; Cesar Sanchez-Gusman accused Singer of assaulting him when he was 17 years old. Now, on the eve of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s wide release, Singer has released a statement about an upcoming Esquire article detailing more allegations.
Singer’s full statement reads:
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.
This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits. http://bit.ly/exampleboguslawsuit (link in bio). 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.
Incidentally, this article has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, Bohemian Rhapsody. I am immensely proud of this film and everyone involved.
I will comment further on this if necessary.
First off, I find it doubtful that Singer is particularly proud of Rhapsody given that he was fired for unprofessional behavior on the set. Might there be some connection with the timing of the article’s publication and the film’s release? Maybe, but it’s more likely that it is in response to Singer failing upwards and scoring a massive payday for the upcoming film Red Sonja. I’m sure if a woman had been fired from a major film, she wouldn’t be courted for another big project, but hey, if you’re a terrible man in Hollywood the world is literally your oyster.
While some of the allegations against Singer have been dismissed due to lack of evidence or recanted, it’s still telling that so many exist, and have existed for so long. It speaks to a massive disregard for survivors and for an unsafe work environment. It shows that no, allegations do not ruin men’s lives.
They might force them into a timeout for a while, but then they bounce back and are welcomed into the fold with open arms. Singer is no exception. Let’s just hope this Esquire article has enough information to actually do something to impact his career; in the meantime, read what the rest of Twitter is thinking about this news.
Woke up to seeing this bullshit. Let us never forget what a horrid human being Bryan Singer is and he should be reminded of it daily. pic.twitter.com/WpEsGYQ2DG
— Kristen L🎃pez (@Journeys_Film) October 15, 2018
The multiple accusations against Bryan Singer, as well as his perpetual bad behaviour on sets, have been as well-known in the industry as anything related to Harvey Weinstein. There are a lot of complicit people keeping him afloat.
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) October 15, 2018
look, bryan singer may very well be a pedophile and a sex criminal, but it’s important that we separate the art from the artist: he’s also one of the most violently mediocre directors working in hollywood today
— John DiLillo (@dilillicious) October 15, 2018
(via IndieWire; Image: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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