Bryan Singer’s name will be removed from the Division of Cinema & Media Studies…temporarily
Singer requested the change
The USC School of Cinematic Arts announced via email that the Division of Cinema & Media Studies will no longer bare Bryan Singer's name…until the allegations are resolved.
Singer requested to have his name removed from the university hours after reports that he is being sued for sexually harassing a minor. Yet, he only requested a suspension.
— E R N E S T O NODAL (@ERNESTONODAL) December 8, 2017
The email said:
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. 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.
.@USC taught me to think critically so color me confused by this SCA statement that's actually from Bryan Singer and spends the whole two sentences defending him #DoBetter
📷: @sydbern pic.twitter.com/k4AySDONDe
— Meghan Hemelt (@MeghanHemelt) December 8, 2017
Singer gifted SCA, his alma mater, $5 million in 2013 and the school dedicated the Division of Cinema & Media Studies to him. After graduating, Singer directed and produced several films and television shows, including all five X-Men movies.
During his career in the entertainment industry, Singer was accused of several other instances of sexual harassment. Lawsuits against him were for filed for several instances of sexual assault as well as pedophilia.
So are we gonna take Bryan singer’s name off my degree or what USC? 👀
— Jenn Lapp (@jennlapp) December 8, 2017
About a month ago, students created a petition on change.org demanding Singer's name be permanently disassociated with the cinema school. The petition has well over 4,000 supporters.