The statement stopped short of saying his name was being permanently removed, however, and instead noted that the use of his name was “suspended” until the sexual assault allegations against Singer are resolved.
“Bryan Singer has requested that the USC School of Cinematic Arts suspend the use of his name on the Division of Cinema & Media Studies until the allegations against him are resolved,” reads the statement. “The School means a great deal to Bryan, and while he intends to defend himself vigorously against these claims, he does not want the pending litigation to have any negative impact on his alma mater.”
The news comes a day after a new lawsuit was filed against the “X-Men” director, alleging that Singer raped a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in Seattle in 2003. “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end,” Singer said in a statement about the lawsuit on Thursday.
Last month, USC students started a petition to remove Singer’s name from the film school over previous allegations. It has accrued more than 4,000 signatures since it was launched on Nov. 7.
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The name removal is the latest in a storm of recent news about Singer. Earlier this week, Fox fired him as director of Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after repeated absences forced the studio to halt production. Singer, however, claims that Fox refused to allow him to care for a sick parent.