BAFTA have suspended Bryan Singer’s nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody following allegations of sexual misconduct which have been made against the director.
Singer was accused of sexual misconduct by four men last month. The allegations, which include claims of underage sex, appeared in The Atlantic following a 12-month investigation by the publication. Singer “categorically” denied the allegations, branding the article as a “homophobic smear piece”.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been nominated for Outstanding British Film at this year’s BAFTAs, which will be held this Sunday (February 10). The BAFTA organisation has now announced that Singer’s nomination for the film has been suspended, effective immediately.
“BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values,” the organisation’s statement reads. “This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr Singer’s denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved.
“BAFTA believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this.”
The organisation has also clarified that Bohemian Rhapsody will still be nominated for Outstanding British Film at the ceremony, “and the other individuals named as candidates in respect of the film remain nominees”.
Singer was the original director of the Queen biopic, but was fired by Fox in December 2017 after he failed to return to set following a Thanksgiving break. He was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, who completed filming and production of the acclaimed movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody was recently dropped from consideration by the GLAAD Awards following the publication of the allegations which have been made against Singer.