“Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek has spoken about the allegations in yesterday’s expose in The Atlantic against the film’s director Bryan Singer.
In the piece, four men have accused Singer of sexually molesting them while they were underage and the report also goes into previous accusations over the past nearly two decades. Singer has denied all allegations.
Speaking to The LA Times, Malek said he was unaware of any allegations facing Singer when he was cast as Freddie Mercury in the film:
“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached. So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up. I didn’t know much about Bryan. 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. Who knows what happens with that … but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way. 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”
Singer was removed from the project most of the way through filming due to work-related matters. Dexter Fletcher took over directing duties to finish the film, but due to DGA rules Singer is still the sole credited director.