According to a report from USAToday, Rami Malek had no idea about the allegations regarding Bryan Singer, who was recently accused of assault and consensual sex with underaged boys – again. This comes just after he and the rest of this co-workers were nominated for Best Picture.
Malek, who just got his very first Oscar acknowledgment for his portrayal of the Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, clarified that before he started working with Singer, he didn’t know about the allegations. Rami said they had considered him for the role before they even looked at Bryan as the potential director.
“So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never looked up.” According to Malek, he “didn’t know much” about Singer since he didn’t even really know anything about him until he was given the role as director.
Rami explicitly stated he didn’t hear about the allegations, they were something he wasn’t aware of. As it was previously reported, Singer was fired by Fox during the last weeks of production and was then replaced by Dexter Fletcher.
Rami said that he was grateful to have a person really come through and see the movie until the end. On Tuesday, Bohemian Rhapsody earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, just a day before four new people accused him of sexual misconduct.
According to the report from The Atlantic, Singer had sexual relationships with young boys and knew they were under the legal age of consent in the state of California. The singer later released a statement to USA Today which said the journalist has been writing about Bryan since 1997 as a consequence of his “bizarre obsession.”
Malek said that for all of those who enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, they can take comfort in knowing that he was fired from the final moments of the movie, so there’s that.
Other people on social media have actually been quite conspirational regarding Bohemian Rhapsody. Some online have suggested that the cast and crew of the flick were tipped off by The Atlantic, and chose to fire Singer at the last minute to avoid scrapping the movie.