The Director Of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Pays $150,000 To Settle A Rape Case

Accused of several sexual assaults on minors, Bryan Singer agrees to pay one of his victims $150,000 to settle the case.

Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody, is currently at the heart of a lawsuit for sexually assaulting a minor. Two years after the initial accusation, he has now accepted to pay his victim $150,000 in order to bring the lawsuit to an end.

In 2017, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a complaint against the director. The offence dates back to 2003: according to the victim, Bryan Singer, going on for 40 years old, raped him at a party held on a yacht. He was just 17 years old at the time... 

Initially abandoned, the lawsuit re-emerged again in 2018. The accusation was seen by Sanchez-Guzman as an opportunity to pay off his debts after he filed for bankruptcy in 2014. An agreement was reached between the two parties: compensation of $150,000 for Sanchez-Guzman in exchange for abandoning the lawsuit. 

The director's lawyer continues to claim that he is not guilty, and that this is merely a business matter. According to Variety, Singer has also stated that he had never met the complainant, proclaiming his innocence. 

But the Sanchez-Guzman affair is far from the only case involving the director: in January 2019, a public inquiry published in The Atlantic once again implicated Bryan Singer. Four young men spoke out, saying that they had also been raped by the director when they were still underage... "After the Harvey Weinstein news came out, everyone thought Bryan Singer would be next", one actor told the investigators. 

And the director's descent into hell continues: after being fired from directing Bohemian Rhapsody, he was again excluded from directing Red Sonja in March 2019, and his nomination for the GLAAD Media Awards 2019 has been cancelled. 


Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Emma Ceccaldi, published on 13/06/2019