Filmmaker Bryan Singer will pay $150,000 (£118,155) to settle the rape case filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.
The 53-year-old director maintains his innocence and denies even knowing Sanchez-Guzman, who claims he was assaulted on a yacht close to Seattle in 2003, when he was simply 17.
Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit in December 2017 accusing Singer of performing oral sex on him against his will and also anally penetrating him.
In a submitting on Wednesday, a chapter trustee engaged on behalf of Sanchez-Guzman beneficial the $150,000 (£118,155) settlement which might resolve the lawsuit by prejudice (a voluntary dismissal)..
The accuser beforehand filed in opposition to Singer for sexual misconduct however withdrew his claims in 2014 when he filed for chapter.
His chapter trustee is known to have reopened the case in 2018 on the grounds that any settlement from Singer must be listed as an asset to Sanchez-Guzman.
The legal professional behind the most recent lawsuit, Jeff Herman, is known to have beforehand represented Michael Egan, who was convicted of fraud shortly after he sued Bryan Singer for sexual misconduct in 2014.
Singer‘s legal professional Andrew Brettler mentioned in a press release to Variety on Wednesday: ‘Mr. Singer has denied even realizing this particular person, not to mention allegedly having interacted with him greater than 15 years in the past.
‘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 sum will cowl Sanchez-Guzman’s prior money owed and the executive prices incurred by the chapter property, together with authorized charges to the trustee’s lawyer.
Within the week that his claims resurfaced, in December 2017, Singer was fired by Twentieth Century Fox from their production of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, two weeks earlier than completion.
An announcement from the director mentioned on the time: ‘Bryan categorically denies these allegations and can vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very finish.
‘When Sanchez-Guzman filed for chapter just a few years in the past, he failed to disclose this alleged declare when he was supposed to establish all of his belongings.
‘Conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events.’
In January this year, four different alleged victims spoke to The Atlantic making sexual misconduct claims in opposition to Singer.
Two unnamed males declare Singer knew they have been aged 17 and 15 when he engaged in sexual exercise with them in his thirties.
A 3rd, who was 17 on the time of the assault, accuses Singer of ‘plying people with alcohol and drugs and then have sex with them.’
The age of consent in California is 18. The fourth man, Victor Valdovinos, says he was a 13-year-old additional when he was touched inappropriately with out consent.
Singer’s lawyer advised The Atlantic that ‘Singer has never been arrested for or charged with any crime, and that Singer categorically denies ever having sex with, or a preference for, underage men’.