Director Bryan Singer faces new accusations of abusing underage boys
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Director Bryan Singer is facing new allegations that he abused underage boys stemming from an Atlantic Magazine exposé published on Wednesday. 

Singer, who was fired halfway through the filming of 2018 Oscar-nominated "Bohemian Rhapsody," is denying four accusations from men who say Singer was sexually abusive. 

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The director, who was involved in films including "The Usual Suspects" and the "X-Men" franchise, decried the Atlantic report as a "homophobic smear piece." 

Victor Valdovinos, one of the men who spoke to The Atlantic, claims that Singer grabbed his genitals and "started masturbating it" on the set of a 1997 movie when Valdovinos was 13 years old. Singers through his attorney denied knowing Valdovinos. 

Another man, who declined to be identified beyond the first name Eric, told The Atlantic that he had sex with Singer over the course of multiple years, starting when he was 17 – below the age of consent in California. 

A third man said that he was 15 years old when he had sex with Singer in 1997. 

The fourth man claimed that Singer would "stick his hands down your pants without your consent" and "ply people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with him." The man, identified as Ben, said he had oral sex with Singer when he was 17 or 18 years old.

Singer in a statement cast doubt on the piece by pointing out it was written by two Esquire writers, whom he says have a "vendetta" against him. 

"We feel fortunate that The Atlantic decided to work with us, and we are grateful that the piece has gone through The Atlantic's thoughtful editorial process, which included another rigorous fact-check and robust legal vetting," the writers of the piece, Alex French and Maximillian Potter, said in a statement. "We are most grateful that the alleged victims now have a chance to be heard and we hope the substance of their allegations remains the focus."

Singer is facing a 2017 lawsuit from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who was quoted in the article. Sanchez-Guzman claims that Singer raped him in 2003, when he was 17.