‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek Distances Himself from Director Bryan Singer Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
As this year’s Oscar nominations were revealed, it became clear that Bohemian Rhapsody was a hit. The movie is nominated for five Oscars, including best picture.
However, not everyone is celebrating the film’s success.
In December of 2017, reports came out that the film’s director Bryan Singer had been accused of sexually assaulting a number of men.
As the movie began to garner attention for its Oscar nods, some of the actors on the project wanted to be sure that they distanced themselves from Singer’s actions.
“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached,” Rami Malek, the star of the film told the Los Angeles Times last week.“So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up.”
When asked what he knew of the accusations, Malek said that he didn’t really know anything about them.
“I didn’t know much about Bryan,” he said. “I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is.”
The trouble for Singer began most recently when a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against him in December of 2017. The suit accused Singer of raping Sanchez-Guzman when he was just 17.
The day after the suit was made public, Deadline Hollywood interviewed Bret Tyler Skopek, Singer’s ex. The interview revealed that Singer led a disturbing lifestyle, including copious drugs and orgies.
Sanchez-Guzman’s allegations were only some of the most recent accusations against Singer, but apparently, people have been speaking out against him for years.
In fact, so many people have accused Singer of assault that over 4,000 students, faculty members, and alumni at the University of Southern California signed a petition to have Singer’s name taken off of the school’s Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies program.
In October, Singer took to Instagram to express his side of the story.
“I have known for some time that Esquire Magazine may publish a negative article about me,” the post read. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues, and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”
He went on to say how the article would probably present false information about him and misquote sources, as well as include sources who claim to have intimate knowledge of his life but do not. He wrote that he felt like the purpose of the article was only to tear down the career that he had spent 25 years building.
“Incidentally, the article has been conveniently timed with the release of my film Bohemian Rhapsody,” he continued. “I am immensely proud of this film and everyone involved. I will comment further if necessary.”
Since it’s nominations, Singer has not been a part of any of the promotions for Bohemian Rhapsody.
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