Director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who claims Singer sexually assaulted him when he was just 17.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims he was invited to a party on a yacht in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman says that during the party, Singer introduced himself and offered to give him a tour of the yacht.
Sanchez-Guzman claims that during the tour, Singer led him into a small room and shut the door behind him. He claims Singer then “forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar’s face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him.”
Sanchez-Guzman claims Singer then forcibly performed oral sex and anal sex on him. After the incident, Sanchez-Guzman claims Singer “approached [Sanchez-Guzman] and told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help [Sanchez-Guzman] get into acting as long as [Sanchez-Guzman] never said anything about the incident. He then told [Sanchez-Guzman] that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation.”
As a result of the incident, Sanchez-Guzman claims he suffered “severe psychological, mental and emotional injuries, shame, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life.”
Sanchez-Guzman is suing for sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual exploitation to children. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Singer released a statement on the lawsuit, telling PEOPLE, “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events.”