Rumors, and they were only rumors, about Singer’s predilection for underage boys have been floating around for two decades. We first heard of “twink” pool parties, reports of regular gatherings hosted by members of Hollywood’s gay elite, including Singer, where legions of underage, disposable boys were invited and preyed upon by the adults.
Then, in 2014, Michael Egan came forward to accuse Singer of drugging and raping him as a 17-year-old. The attorney in the case made big promises about exposing a Hollywood pedophilia ring. Nothing, however, ever came of it and the Egan case eventually fell apart due to inconsistencies.
By 2017, thanks largely to this disgraceful Deadline story that sought to smear Singer for being promiscuous and gay, the whole thing was starting to look like a witch hunt.
There was a lot of smoke, but no fire, and because this is America where you are innocent until proven guilty, Singer continued to work at the highest levels of the film business, directing X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men Apocalypse (2016), and last year’s smash Bohemian Rhapsody, which just received a Best Picture nomination.
Although he is credited as the sole director of Bohemian Rhapsody, it was during production that his career fell apart. Two weeks before filming ended, Singer was fired. Another director was brought in and Singer had nothing to do with post-production, which is where a lot of directing takes place.
Singer’s termination was based, so the studio said, on his temperament and frequent (and expensive) absences. In the background, though, more allegations were hovering.
In October, Bryan Singer took to Instagram to pre-empt the damning Atlantic story released Wednesday.