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Here's How Much Bryan Singer Is Paying to Settle Rape Claim

Director will pay $150K to resolve allegation from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2019 12:09 PM CDT
This Dec. 2, 2013 file photo shows Bryan Singer at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says that in 2003, when he was 17, director Bryan Singer raped him aboard a yacht party in Seattle. Now Singer, who denies the allegations, will pay $150,000 to resolve that claim, Variety reports. Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against Singer in December 2017, just days after the director was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody. Separately, Sanchez-Guzman had filed for bankruptcy in 2014; as Vulture explains, his bankruptcy case was discharged, but was then reopened by the bankruptcy trustee in 2018 to allow Sanchez-Guzman's creditors to access any proceeds from the lawsuit, which had not been named among Sanchez-Guzman's assets. On Wednesday, the trustee recommended that the court approve the $150,000 settlement to which Singer's attorneys have agreed.

The trustee, who reached the settlement amount with Singer's team, acknowledged that no evidence has been raised to prove Singer attended the party, and also notes that Singer's lawyers have argued the case should be barred due to the statute of limitations. If the court approves the settlement, the lawsuit will be dismissed with prejudice. "The debtor filed a claim against Mr. Singer that he had no basis or legal right to file," Singer's attorney says in a statement. "Mr. Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago. 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 also denies other claims of sexual assault.)

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