Cesar 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.
The 53-year-old director has denied “even knowing” Sanchez-Guzman and though he has maintained his innocence over claims he raped his accuser at a yacht party in 2003 when he was just 17, he agreed to hand over the sum because it would be cheaper than fighting the matter in court.
Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy in 2014. As Variety noted, a bankruptcy trustee reopened the case last year because, she said, Sanchez-Guzman hadn’t listed his lawsuit against Singer and the potential proceeds from the case as a potential asset.
“The debtor filed a claim against Mr. Singer that he had no basis or legal right to file,” lawyer Andrew Brettler said.
“Mr. Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago.”
Earlier this year, The Atlantic published a piece including allegations that Bryan Singer committed sexual misconduct against four teenage boys—claims which the director’s attorneys have denied.