Bryan Singer, the ousted director of Bohemian Rhapsody, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit targeted on allegations of sexual assault, Variety reports. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman sued Singer in December 2017, alleging that the director sexually assaulted him throughout a yacht occasion in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman was 17 on the time of the alleged incident.
Sanchez-Guzman filed for chapter in 2014, and in 2018, his lawsuit towards Singer was listed as a possible asset. A chapter trustee reached a settlement settlement with Singer’s attorneys and requested the court docket to approve a $150,000 settlement with Singer. Pending the settlement’s approval, the lawsuit will likely be dismissed with prejudice.
Singer’s legal professional Andrew Brettler launched an announcement concerning the settlement (by way of 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 identical week Singer was fired as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, reportedly as a result of his a number of absences on set throughout filming. In January, The Atlantic printed an investigative report the place 4 males accused Singer of the sexual assault of minors.
The 2019 GLAAD Media Awards withdrew Bohemian Rhapsody’s nomination due to the allegations levied towards Singer. Queen’s Brian May issued an apology for saying Singer “is innocent until proven guilty.”
The movie’s star Rami Malek, who gained an Oscar for his efficiency as Freddie Mercury, addressed the allegations towards 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 stated. “In the light of the Me Too era, that this somehow seems to exist after that, it’s a horrible thing.”