The director of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” Bryan Singer on Thursday rejected new charges of sexual assault.
The director of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Bryan Singer, rejected on Thursday a block of new charges of sexual assault, including some on minors, brought against him in an article in The Atlantic.
In a long article published Wednesday on the internet, the media recounts the testimonies of four men who said they had sex with the Hollywood star, for two of them in 1997 when they were still teenagers, aged 17 and 15 respectively.
One of the interviewees described Bryan Singer as a “predator” providing drugs and alcohol to his victims before abusing them.
Bryan Singer, 53, has denied all these allegations and a “homophobic” article according to him designed to “tarnish” his reputation and harm the chances of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in full season of film awards.
Crowned at the Golden Globes, the biopic dedicated to Freddie Mercury, the singer of the Queen group, won this week five Oscar nominations, including one in the category of “Best Film”.
“The last time I wrote on this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist strangely obsessed with me since 1997,” said the director in a statement sent to AFP by his lawyer. “After careful checks, and given the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this journalistic vengeance,” says Singer. “That did not stop the author from selling it to The Atlantic,” he laments.
The authors of the article, Alex French and Maximillian Potter, both journalists in Esquire, say they have spent a year peeling complaints and accusations against Bryan Singer, and interviewed more than fifty sources.
The article portrays Singer as a “man with problems, who surrounded himself with vulnerable adolescent boys, for many who break with their families.” And he explicitly accuses the director of not acting alone: ”He was helped by friends and associates who brought him young men,” while the film industry looked away because of “the immense power that conferred on him his commercial successes, like the series of X-Men.
As a first consequence of this article, GLAAD, Los Angeles-based gay and lesbian advocacy group, announced that “Bohemian Rhapsody” would not be on the list of nominees for its “Best Film” award. “The story released this week by The Atlantic, which reveals the untold suffering endured by young men and teenage boys, has brought to light a reality that can not be ignored, or even rewarded tacitly,” says the organization.
Investigation of the “Time’s Up” movement
The “Time’s Up” movement to defend victims of sexual harassment, born in the aftermath of the Weinstein affair, has in turn called in a statement “to take seriously” these “horrible” accusations and to open an “investigation” .
Rumors have been circulating for years that Brington Singer has been a victim of sexual misconduct and has been the target of several complaints of sexual assault on underage boys. Many proceedings have been closed or are subject to financial transactions outside the courts.
It is however officially for delays and absences that Bryan Singer was fired by 20th Century Fox in December 2017, shortly before the start of the filming of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. For his part, the director explains that he stopped working with these studios because they refused to give him the necessary time to take care of a sick relative. (Afp / nxp)