Bryan Singer is the director of some of today’s biggest box office hits, such as X-Men and the recently oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody. There’s no doubt that as a director, he’s good at his job. However, he has come under some very serious allegations, namely allegations that claim that he sexually abused underage boys and that he has been doing it for years. These days, it’s hard to tell whether or not these types of stories have any basis in the truth or if it’s just another claim made by somebody that thinks that they stand to get some publicity and some money out of it. However, the number of allegations against him are adding up and at least for now, they all have several disturbing similarities.
While this article is certainly not meant to say that Singer is absolutely guilty of these allegations, it is meant to present the information that’s out there and allow individuals to make their own choices regarding their thoughts on the matter. That’s all that really can be done, especially when you consider the fact that there are people on both sides of the fence here claiming that they know they are right.
Allegations go back as far as 1998 and according to many of the people that have come forward, they have been happening in much the same fashion since then. It’s disturbing to think that this type of thing might have been going on for 20 years without many people being any wiser to the fact, but it’s equally important to remember that as of right now, this is not a fact. It has not yet been determined whether or not the allegations are actually true
Now that the disclaimer has been made, the people that came forward say that they were all under age at the time that they were seduced by Singer and that every one of their encounters involved some type of sexual act. Even more disturbing, they all have claimed that Singer would befriend them and then get them drunk or high, and some cases both, in order to get them to commit sexual acts. There are claims of oral sex, among other things, and in most cases, it involves teenage boys that are under the age of 18.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing here is that the first claim of this type involved a film that Singer was working on in 1998. Supposedly, the person that made the claim was also working on the film at the time, as an extra. The thing is, nothing was said at the time that the incident supposedly took place. It wasn’t until sometime after the whole Harvey Weinstein incident that anything was brought forward. When it was, virtually everyone involved with the X-Men movies stood behind Singer, even to the point of claiming that they would no longer be involved with the films if someone different was brought on to be the director. Clearly, they believe in this individual’s personal character or they wouldn’t be sticking their necks out like that. However, stranger things have happened where someone wholeheartedly believed that a person would never do such a thing, only to find out that they did precisely that.
For the most part, that initial story died out after about a week or two. It wasn’t until the immense success of Bohemian Rhapsody that it started to resurface again. Maybe it’s just good timing, as all of these newer stories came about as a result of a magazine that claimed to have been doing an investigative report for the last year, gathering information. According to them, they talked to more than 50 people that claim they had been abused by Singer, publishing the stories of three or four of them. Right now, it’s not yet known if the same story would have come forward if Bohemian Rhapsody had been a dismal failure. The fact that it was such a huge success and that the film is Oscar nominated adds fuel the fire, there’s no doubt about that. However, it doesn’t do a lot to determine definitively whether or not the allegations are true. A magazine claims that they are, but from a law enforcement perspective, Singer has not faced any charges as of yet.
Of course, Singer denies the allegations and says it’s nothing more than an attempt to drag his name through the mud and get money from him for something that never happened in the first place. Fans will have to make their own decisions about whether or not they think there’s any truth to this. For now, it’s hard to tell who’s telling the truth and who’s making things up.