‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ director responds to latest sexual misconduct claims

New allegations appeared in The Atlantic following a 12-month investigation

Bryan Singer, the director of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, has responded to new sexual misconduct claims.

Allegations made by four men, which involve claims of underage sex, appeared in The Atlantic following a 12-month investigation by the magazine.

One of Singer’s accusers, Victor Valdovinos said he was working as an extra on the director’s 1998 film, Apt Pupil, when the director allegedly assaulted him in a locker room on the film set.

Two other men, known by the pseudonyms Eric and Andy, claim Singer had sex with them knowing that they were under 18 – the legal age of consent in California. The men claim that at the time, they were 15 and 15 respectively. A fourth man, known by the pseudonym Ben, claims he had oral sex with Singer when he “was either 17 or 18.”

Bryan SingerThe magazine says it had spoken to “more than 50 sources.” Many of those interviewed told the magazine the experiences had affected them psychologically, with “substance abuse problems, depression and PTSD.”

In a statement released to Deadline, Singer said: “The last I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.”

He continued: “That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits … And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”

Andrew Brettler, Singer’s legal representative, previously denied the allegations. Brettler said Singer had never been arrested or charged with any crime and that he “categorically denies” having sex with, or a preference for, underage men.

Singer was fired from his director post on Bohemian Rhapsody by Fox in December 2017 after he failed to return to set following the Thanksgiving break, and was later replaced by Dexter Fletcher. As well as reports of on-set fights with Malek, Singer had also been the subject of a number of other sexual misconduct allegations. He was sued shortly after being fired from Bohemian Rhapsody.

Addressing that lawsuit, Singer “categorically denied” all of the claims which had been made against him, while he later made another statement back in October to deny allegations of sexual assault which were detailed in an Esquire article.

Meanwhile, Rami Malek has said that he wasn’t aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Bryan Singer before filming began.

“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached. So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up,” Malek told The Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t know much about Bryan. 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. Who knows what happens with that … but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way.”

Back in October, Malek admitted in an interview that he and Singer had “definite artistic differences” during filming.