LOS ANGELES – Hollywood director Bryan Singer’s former associate, Mr Blake Stuerman, has accused him of years of emotional abuse.
Mr Stuerman, 30, who was additionally Singer’s assistant, met the X-Males and Bohemian Rhapsody director in 2009 they usually started a relationship. He was 18 and Singer was 43 on the time.
In a first-person essay revealed in Selection journal on Monday (Dec 20), he wrote: “Up till a number of years in the past, I nonetheless defended Bryan in personal.”
The connection led to June 2013, when Mr Stuerman was fired.
“If somebody introduced up the rumours of his alleged behaviour, I might deny them. It wasn’t till I started receiving remedy particularly for abuse and PTSD (post-traumatic stress dysfunction) that I accepted what had really occurred,” he added.
“I’m a sufferer of abuse by a really highly effective, very rich and really sick man. I’m a sufferer of Bryan Singer.”
He additionally alleged that he witnessed an assault by Singer on a visitor at his dwelling a decade in the past, which traumatised him.
Selection corroborated elements of Mr Stuerman’s account with paperwork, pictures, e-mail and textual content messages he supplied. It additionally spoke to twenty individuals who had been in Mr Stuerman’s and Singer’s orbits on the time of those occasions.
Singer’s lawyer Andrew Brettler responded to the allegations, saying they had been “uncorroborated, inflammatory and extremely defamatory”.
He claimed Mr Stuerman requested Singer “for cash, for a job and for a spot to dwell” however “grew more and more paranoid, delusional and needy”.
“Mr Stuerman is offended and upset that he allegedly didn’t obtain the ‘credit score’ that he thought he deserved on Mr Singer’s movies,” Mr Brettler added.
“And, most of all, he’s offended and upset that Mr Singer is not funding Mr Stuerman’s jet-setting life-style and supporting Mr Stuerman financially, as he had performed for therefore a few years.”