Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May issued a public apology after he appeared to defend Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer.
Rumors and accusations of Singer’s sexual misconduct have been circulating for several years. This week, The Atlantic published an article bringing forth fresh allegations.
Four men came forward with new claims accusing Singer of sexual misconduct. All said they had sex with Singer while underage or were the victim of inappropriate sexual behavior at his hands.
Following the allegations of sexual misconduct, an Instagram user advised May to unfollow the filmmaker.
May and Singer met during the making of the movie before Singer’s firing in December, reportedly due to clash with protagonist Rami Malek.
Malek also said he was unaware of the allegations against Singer at the time of working together.
Singer denies all allegations.
May replies to a fan
‘Bri you need to unfollow Bryan Singer after all what he has done,’ the fan wrote.
‘You need to look after your own business and stop telling me what to do. And you need to learn to respect the fact that a man or woman is innocent until proven guilty,’ May replied on 23 January.
Some interpreted his comment as a way of defending the director.
Brian May’s apology
The musician took to Instagram again on 25 January to issue an apology for his ‘hasty and inconsiderate IG reply’.
May apologized profusely to the fan and also clarified his comment.
He reposted a screengrab of the original comment.
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Dear Folks – I was shocked and saddened to realise what I had done by my hasty and inconsiderate IG reply to this lady yesterday. I’ve posted an apology to her in the ‘reply’ box, but it seems to have disappeared – so I’m going to try to repeat it here, to be clear. ———- Dear Sue, I’m so sorry that I responded to your post so snappily and inconsiderately. My response was a result of my perception that someone was telling me what to do. I now realise that I was completely wrong in thinking that. You were actually just trying to protect me, for which I thank you. I am mortified to discover the effect my words produced. I had no idea that saying someone was innocent until proven guilty could be interpreted as “defending“ Bryan Singer. I had absolutely no intention of doing that. I guess I must be naive, because also it had never occurred to me that ‘following’ a person on Instagram could be interpreted as approving of that person. The only reason I followed Bryan Singer was that we were working with him on a project. That situation came to an end when Mr Singer was removed during the shooting of the film, but I suppose unfollowing him never occurred to me as a necessity. Now, because of this misunderstanding, I have unfollowed. I’m so sorry. This must have caused you a lot of upset. I wish I could take the comment back, but all I can do is apologise, and hope that my apology will begin to make amends. Sadly, this is all very public, but since I snapped at you in public, it’s only fitting that I should apologise in public. I’m going to try to follow you so we can communicate privately if you want. With love – Bri. —— I should add that this is also a sincere apology to anyone else out there that I inadvertently offended. No such offence was intended and I will be more careful in future. Bri
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‘I had no idea that saying someone was innocent until proven guilty could be interpreted as “defending” Bryan Singer. I had absolutely no intention of doing that,’ May wrote.
Furthermore, he added: ‘I guess I must be naive, because also it had never occurred to me that “following” a person on Instagram could be interpreted as approving of that person.’
‘The only reason I followed Bryan Singer was that we were working with him on a project,’ he further explained.
‘I wish I could take the comment back, but all I can do is apologise, and hope that my apology will begin to make amends.’
May has explained he has unfollowed Singer since.