LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing numerous underaged boys, according to a new report by The Atlantic.
The report, which includes allegations from four men, accuses Singer of sexual activity multiple boys, with the alleged abuse ranging from seduction to outright rape.
The Atlantic reports speaking to more than 50 sources, including four men who have not previously been interviewed on the subject.
His accusers include Victor Valdovinos, who told the Atlantic that singer molested in 1997 after he had been recruited to be an extra on Singer’s film Apt Pupil.
Valdovinos, who was 13 at the time, describes encountering Singer after being placed in a locker room in just a towel by the film crew.
During the encounter, Valdovinos alleges that Singer “grabbed my genitals and started masturbating it.” He also claims Singer “rubbed his front part on me,” and that “He did it all with this smile.” Valdovinos also told The Atlantic that Singer told him, “You’re so good-looking … I really want to work with you … I have a nice Ferrari … I’m going to take care of you.”
Through his attorney, Singer denied to the Atlantic that he knew who Valdovinos was and denied that anything had happened between them.
The Atlantic’s report also suggests that Singer did not act alone, but was abetted by friends and associates who the interviewees say helped arrange for Singer to meet his alleged victims.
The reporting is the latest in a series of such accusation against Singer. In October, when Esquire was reported to be working on a similar article, Singer attempted to pre-empt the accusations in an Instagram post, writing
I have known for some time that [there may be] 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 [these reporters are] attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.
In a statement released after The Atlantic article, Singer suggested that the accusation were part of a smear campaign by a homophobic journalist.
“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,” Singer said, per the Hollywood Reporter. “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,” he added.