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“X-Men” Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Abuse By Former Assistant

Director Bryan Singer, best known for his work on the X-Men movie franchise and Bohemiam Rhapsody (2018), is accused of sexual abuse by former assistant Blake Stuerman in an essay published by Variety on Tuesday. 

In the essay, Stuerman detailed his sexual relationship with Singer, which started when he was just 18 and Singer was 44. The two became close after meeting in 2009, and they were allegedly together until Singer fired Stuerman in 2013 while making X Men: Days Future Past (2014).

In addition to detailing their relationship, Stuerman also claimed that Singer physically attacked a man at a party in 2012. “I heard loud yelling coming toward me,” Stuerman recalled. 

“When I turned, I saw Bryan charging toward us screaming very angrily. He violently attacked one of the guests near me. I grabbed Bryan and took him back into the house. His eyes were wild and full of rage. I had never seen him like this before.”

After the party, Stuerman said that Singer threatened him not to leave on multiple occasions. “From then on, I lived in fear of Bryan following through with his threats,” Stuerman recalled. As a result, Stuerman said he began to experience panic attacks. 

“One panic attack was so severe that I collapsed from hyperventilation and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room,” he said. “I would be so exhausted from not getting more than three or four hours of sleep a night that I once fell asleep sitting upright, mid-bite, with a fork in my mouth at a dinner.”

In 2013, Singer fired Stuerman and removed his name from all the film credits. Stuterman concluded the essay by saying that he experienced severe depression and PTSD after his relationship with Singer ended. 

“I am a victim of abuse by a very powerful, very wealthy and very sick man. I am a victim of Bryan Singer,” he said. 

Singer has been accused of rape and sexual assault by multiple victims through the past few years, with some being minors. Many of the extras from Singer’s previous films have also accused him of molesting them and sexually harrassing them. 

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