US LGBTI advocacy group GLAAD has withdrawn Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Best Picture nomination from its annual GLAAD Media Awards. The ceremony takes place in April. The organization took the action following following new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by the movie’s director, Bryan Singer.
Singer has been dogged by rumors and accusations of sexual misconduct for several years. This week, The Atlantic published an article bringing forth fresh allegations. Over the course of a year-long investigation, its reporters spoke to dozens of people.
Four men came forward with new claims. All said they had sex with Singer while underage or were the victim of inappropriate sexual behavior at his hands.
Singer has denied all the allegations or having any sexual preference for underage men.
Singer slams ‘homophobic’ allegations
The director hit back at the Atlantic’s article, originally commissioned and then dropped by Esquire. Singer said, ‘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 filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention. 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.’
The acclaimed director, who oversaw four of the X-Men Franchise and the Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects, is the credited director of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. However, he departed the project two weeks before the end of principal filming in late 2017 following a falling out with studio 20th Century Fox.
A global box office hit, the movie is also earning numerous awards. These include a Golden Globe earlier this month for Best Motion Picture. It is the highest-grossing film ever to feature an LGBTI lead character: Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
The GLAAD Media Awards celebrate LGBTI achievements in the media. The 30th annual awards ceremony takes place 12 April. GLAAD announces its nominations later today at an event live streamed from the Sundance Film Festival. However, in a statement to Variety, the organization said it had dropped Bohemian Rhapsody from the Best Picture category.
‘In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year.
‘This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded.
‘Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first.’
At the moment, Singer is due to helm the film Red Sonja for Millennium Films. His lawyer responded to The Atlantic’s article by stating Singer has never been arrested for or charged with any crime.