Director Bryan Singer has settled a lawsuit that claimed he raped a 17-year-old boy on a yacht 15 years ago for $150,000.
The lawsuit was filed in December 2017 by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. He said that he met Singer in Seattle at a yacht party in 2003 and that Singer offered to show him around before he led him to a bedroom and demanded sex. When Sanchez-Guzman denied his avances, Singer allegedly sexually assaulted him.
The settlement was proposed in Seattle’s bankruptcy court, where Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy in 2014. The agreement says that his claim against Singer wasn’t listed as an asset in the filing for his bankruptcy case, which was closed in 2014. A judge reopened the bankruptcy case just a few months after the sexual assault lawsuit was filed.
The terms of the settlement state that the allegation against Singer, who denied the claim, will be dismissed once he pays Sanchez-Guzman $150,000.
“Mr. Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago,” Andrew Brettler, Singer’s lawyer said in a statement. “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.”
Singer was fired as the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody” around the time of the allegations for being absent without explanation.
In The Atlantic, January 2019, soon after “Bohemian Rhapsody” received four Oscar nominations, four men accused Singer of sexual misconduct dating back to 2014. When Singer read the article, he called it a “homophobic smear piece.”