Director Bryan Singer just blasted Esquire magazine on Instagram.
The 53-year-old film director posted a pre-emptive statement on social media this week defending himself against a cryptic article set to be published by the magazine later this month.
Singer calls the article, which will coincide with the release of his latest film, the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, “fictional and irresponsible” and says it “will rehash false accusations and baseless lawsuits”.
“In today’s climate where people’s careers are harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth,” singer says.
The Wrap reports:
A person close to Singer told TheWrap that while they have not seen the Esquire article, the magazine did reach out for comment. They declined. The person told us they were not given quotes from the piece, though the questions were “clear enough” to see where the article “was going.” This person told us they believe Max Potter is the reporter writing the piece, which Singer’s camp expects will be in the November issue of Esquire magazine, which should hit newsstands this week.
In 2014, Singer was accused of sexual assault by Michael Egan, who said the director drugged and raped him and was part of an elite “Hollywood sex ring” that preyed on underage boys. He later dropped the lawsuit.
Then last year, Singer was again accused of sexual assault, this time by a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who alleges he forced him to have oral and anal sex on a yacht when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusation.
Esquire has not yet commented on the upcoming article.
Though Singer is credited as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, he was actually fired from the film about two weeks before production wrapped after reports of erratic behavior on set.
Dexter Fletcher was rushed in to replace him; however, due to guidelines set by the Directors Guild of America, which state only one director can be named for a film, Singer is listed as the sole director.