Organisers of the GLAAD Media Awards have rescinded a nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody after its director Bryan Singer was hit with fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Queen biopic had been nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category by members of GLAAD, a media monitoring organisation which focuses on the depiction of LGBTQ people, but on Thursday (24Jan19) they told Variety.com that they had pulled the nomination in response to an article published in The Atlantic on Wednesday in which Singer was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with four underage boys.
“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,” a GLAAD spokesperson said.
They also took issue with Singer’s denial statement, in which he called the article a “homophobic smear piece”.
“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,” the statement continued.
In the expose, Singer was accused of having sex with or inappropriately touching four men back in the 1990s, when they were underage and Singer was in his 30s. The 53-year-old director, who was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody weeks before the end of the shoot, has denied the allegations.
After the article was published, many wondered if the X-Men filmmaker would continue to serve as director of the remake of 1985 action film Red Sonja.
On Thursday, producer and Millennium Films Chairman Avi Lerner issued a statement backing Singer, saying the success of the biopic is “testament to his remarkable vision and acumen.”
“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 otherwise,” he concluded.
Actress Brigitte Nielsen, who starred in the original Red Sonja, told TMZ.com that Singer is innocent until proven guilty and should only be removed from the remake if turns out he did do what he’s accused of.
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