Bryan Singer, the ousted director of Bohemian Rhapsody, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit focused on allegations of sexual assault, Variety reports. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman sued Singer in December 2017, alleging that the director sexually assaulted him during a yacht party in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman was 17 at the time of the alleged incident.
Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy in 2014, and in 2018, his lawsuit against Singer was listed as a potential asset. A bankruptcy trustee reached a settlement agreement with Singer’s attorneys and asked the court to approve a $150,000 settlement with Singer. Pending the settlement’s approval, the lawsuit will be dismissed with prejudice.
Singer’s attorney Andrew Brettler released a statement about the settlement (via Variety). “The debtor filed a claim against Mr. Singer that he had no basis or legal right to file,” he wrote. “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.”
The lawsuit was filed the same week Singer was fired as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, reportedly due to his multiple absences on set during filming. In January, The Atlantic published an investigative report where four men accused Singer of the sexual assault of minors.
The 2019 GLAAD Media Awards withdrew Bohemian Rhapsody’s nomination because of the allegations levied against Singer. Queen’s Brian May issued an apology for saying Singer “is innocent until proven guilty.”
The film’s star Rami Malek, who won an Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury, addressed the allegations against Singer in an interview. “My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I’ve heard and what is out there. It’s awful, it’s remarkable that this happens, I can appreciate so much what they’ve been through and how difficult this must be for them,” he said. “In the light of the Me Too era, that this somehow seems to exist after that, it’s a horrible thing.”