Bryan Singer speaks out, denies rape allegations and says he expected 'Bohemian Rhapsody' firing
FILE - In this March 3, 2012 file photo, director Bryan Singer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles. A man who claims he was sexually abused by the "X-Men" franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file) (The Associated Press)
Director Bryan Singer addressed his recent firing from "Bohemian Rhapsody" amid sexual assault allegations in a candid interview with a TMZ paparazzo when the cameraman caught Singer leaving Mel's Drive-In in Los Angeles.
Singer has been accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago.
When TMZ asked Singer on if his dismissal from the Queen biopic had anything to due with the sexual misconduct claims in the recent lawsuit, the "X-Men" producer adamantly denied it saying, "No, no, no."
The 52-year-old director told the outlet he was not surprised he was let go from the film.
"I'm a good judge of human behavior," he said, "and can sometimes see when people see the forest for the trees and when they don't."
Singer said he hopes the allegations will not impact his career.
Singer claimed the studio did not give him an exact reason for his firing because "the reason would be, in my opinion, inaccurate and embarrassing."
20th Century Fox, New Regency and Graham King stated earlier this week that shooting of the film was suspended due to Singer's "unexpected unavalibility," and rumors of unprofessional behavior on set began to swirl. He then terminated from the movie, which is reportedly complete.
Singer has denied the allegations against him. A rep for the director told the Associated Press Singer "categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end."
Singer directed "Superman Returns" and several "X-Men" movies.
He is the latest in a wave of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, media and politics that began in October with accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.