Singer was fired from his director post 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 has also been the subject of a number of sexual misconduct allegations, and 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.
Malek, who has just been nominated for Best Actor at the 2019 Oscars for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, has now said that he wasn’t aware of the allegations facing Singer when he signed up to the movie.
“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.”
“Perhaps that was Freddie himself doing it, because we wanted to make a product that was worthy of him,” he continued. “Who knows? I’m just proud that this cast and crew collectively raised their game and we depended on one another. It was a testament to everyone’s spirit and courage and skill. And one thing I will say about everyone — almost everyone — we never gave up. How about that?”
Back in October, Malek admitted in an interview that he and Singer had “definite artistic differences” during the filming of Bohemian Rhapsody.