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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Star Rami Malek Says He 'was Not Aware' of Bryan Singer Misconduct Allegations

Friday Jan 25, 2019

Rami Malek is responding to the bombshell report from The Atlantic about the sexual misconduct allegations made towards "Bohemian Rhapsody" director Bryan Singer.

Not long after Malek was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, which also earned an Oscar nod for Best Picture, the actor spoke with the Los Angeles Times. In his interview, he clarified that he joined "Bohemian Rhapsody" before Singer was going to direct.

Singer has been repeatedly accused of sexually assaulting underage teen boys. He as strongly denied all allegations, including the recent article from The Atlantic, which he called a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

"As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached," Malek told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday. "So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up."

He went on to admit that he "didn't know much" about Singer once he was hired as director.

"I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is," the "Mr. Robot" star added.

Singer was fired by Fox during the last few weeks of filming "Bohemian Rhapsody" and was replaced by filmmaker Dexter Fletcher ("Eddie the Eagle"). Speaking with the L.A. Times, Malek credited Fletch with coming "on when we really needed someone to see this through" and thanked his cast and crew.

"Somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way. Perhaps that was Freddie himself doing it because we wanted to make a product that was worthy of him," Malek told the newspaper. "I'm just proud that this cast and crew collectively raised their game and we depended on one another.

"It was a testament to everyone's spirit and courage and skill. And one thing I will say about everyone — almost everyone — we never gave up," the actor added.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" earned four Oscar nominations in total but Singer did not earn a nod for Best Director. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, with Malek picking up a Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama as well. The film has gone on to earn $802.9 million at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing biopic of all time. Nevertheless, it was recently reported that despite the allegations, Singer is still working. Avi Lerner, founder and chief executive of the film production company Millennium, said that the company is going forward with a remake of the fantasy adventure "Red Sonja" with Singer attached to direct.

"The over $800 million 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen," said Lerner. "I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America, people are innocent until proven guilty."

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