Bryan Singer’s attorneys have agreed to a settlement of $150,000 in response to a claim made by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman that he was sexually assaulted by the director in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against Singer in December 2017, in which he alleged that the X-Men director anally penetrated and performed oral sex on him against his will. Three years before the lawsuit, in 2014, Sanchez-Guzman had filed for bankruptcy, which was discharged. However, in 2018 the bankruptcy trustee reopened the case to give Sanchez-Guzman’s creditors access to proceeds from the lawsuit. Singer’s attorneys said their client still maintains his innocence.
“The debtor filed a claim against Mr. Singer that he had no basis or legal right to file,” Singer’s attorney Andrew Brettler said in a statement to Variety. “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 has been accused of sexual abuse and molestation by four men.