Rami Malek has responded to the mounting checklist of sexual misconduct claims towards Bryan Singer, who directed the actor within the Academy Award-nominated Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury within the movie, spoke to the Los Angeles Occasions shortly after receiving an Oscar nomination for finest actor on Tuesday. The interviewer introduced up Singer, who has lengthy been accused of abusing or raping teenage boys and creating poisonous work environments on his film units.
Malek, whose credit embrace the “Evening on the Museum” trilogy and “Mr. Robotic,” stated he “didn’t know a lot” about Singer or the troubling claims earlier than signing on to play Mercury.
“So far as I knew, I used to be thought of earlier than Bryan was even hooked up,” Malek stated. “So I had my head down getting ready for this for a few 12 months forward of time, and I by no means actually seemed up.”
“I feel that the allegations and issues had been, consider it or not, truthfully one thing I used to be not conscious of, and that’s what it’s,” he went on. “Who is aware of what occurs with that … however I feel in some way we discovered a solution to persevere by way of the whole lot that was thrown our method.”
Singer was fired and changed by Dexter Fletcher as director of “Bohemian Rhapsody” halfway by way of manufacturing, however he acquired sole directorial credit score on the movie, which has raked in an estimated $800 million on the world field workplace. Although “Bohemian Rhapsody” opened to combined opinions in November, it has emerged as an awards season favourite, bolstered by two main Golden Globe wins earlier this month.
“I’m simply proud that this forged and crew collectively raised their recreation and we trusted each other,” Malek stated. “It was a testomony to everybody’s spirit and braveness and ability. And one factor I’ll say about everybody — virtually everybody — we by no means gave up. How about that?”
A prolonged investigation printed by The Atlantic on Wednesday described claims towards Singer from 4 new accusers. The director blasted the article as a “homophobic smear piece” in a press release.
“It’s unhappy that The Atlantic would stoop to this low commonplace of journalistic integrity,” Singer’s assertion learn. “Once more, I’m compelled to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable forged of people prepared to lie for cash or consideration.”
Editors at The Atlantic have stated the 12-month investigation concerned greater than 50 sources.
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