Director Bryan Singer will be paying $150,000 [€133,482] to settle a rape accusation. Singer, however, still denies wrongdoing.
The director, known for films like X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody, has been embroiled in scandal since it came out that he allegedly sexually assaulted a young man on a yacht in 2003. Since this story broke, at least four other men have accused Singer of sexual misconduct. He has repeatedly denied all these instances. This scandal caused GLAAD to drop Bohemian Rhapsody for an award consideration.
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Now, The Wrap reports, Singer will be paying $150,000 to Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit in December 2017 against the director for the aforementioned 2003 yacht incident. Sanchez-Guzman was only 17 years old at the time.
‘Mr. Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago,’ Singer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement.
Back in 2014, Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy. His creditors have since reopened the case against him as he did not list the potential settlement from Singer as an asset.
Attorney Rory C. Livesey, who represents the creditors, said they will receive just under $61,000 [€54,282.68] from Sanchez-Guzman. Anything left over, after legal costs are covered, will go to Sanchez-Guzman. Livesey stated that Sanchez-Guzman’s debt is student loan related.
In the filing on Wednesday 12 June, Livesey said there is ‘no evidence to support the allegation that Singer ever attended a party on a yacht with Guzman — something that Singer denies ever occurred.’
This litigation is expected to resolve Sanchez-Guzman’s suit against Singer.
‘The decision to resolve the matter with the bankruptcy trustee was purely a business one. As litigation costs would well exceed the amount requested by the trustee to pay off the creditors who were owed money when the debtor filed for bankruptcy,’ Brettler said.