He calls all accusations slander and attempts to capitalize on the success of the film.
BAFTA British Film Academy has excluded director Brian Singer from the list of nominees for his award, according to a press release of the organization. The Bohemian Rhapsody, which he shot, and other candidates remain in the nomination for Best Film.
Singer was expelled after the appearance of sexual harassment charges from four men. BAFTA took into account that Singer denies the accusations and noted that the director will be excluded from the nomination before the problem is resolved.
In late January, they told The Atlantic that Singer harassed them when they were minors. One of the men, Victor Valdovinos, said that Singer molested him during the filming of the film “Able Student” in 1997 when he was 13 years old. Valdovinos starred in the crowd picture.
The two other men did not give their names, they said they were in intimate with Singer when they were 15 and 17 years old. The fourth said that he worked with the director oral sex when he was 17 or 18 years old. They also claimed that the actions of the director led them to “psychological disorders, drug addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
In a conversation with the publication of Deadline Singer called the publication of The Atlantic slander. He claimed that they wanted to publish such an article in Esquire, but “after thorough verification and due to lack of sources,” the publication decided not to publish the material.
This did not stop the author from selling the article to The Atlantic. It’s sad that The Atlantic goes down to such low standards of journalism. Once again, I have to repeat that this story retells complaints from fake lawsuits filed by a group of people with a dubious reputation who are willing to lie for the sake of money and attention. And this is not surprising – the “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for a prize, and this homophobic slander conveniently coincided [in time] in order to benefit from this success.