On January 23rd, four new sexual assault allegations emerged against Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer (accusations and rumors about his behavior have swirled around the industry for decades). And now, actor Rami Malek has opened up about what it was like working with him on the film Bohemian Rhapsody. During a February 1st discussion at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival led by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg, Malek stood with Singer’s accusers.
The actor added that he wanted all survivors to feel like they could speak up about their experiences.
Although Singer directed the majority of Bohemian Rhapsody, he was fired in December 2017 due to complaints that he was frequently absent from set and unreliable. His relationship with Malek was also reportedly contentious. However, past accusations of assault allegedly did not factor into Singer’s dismissal.
In January, Malek told the Los Angeles Times that he “was not aware of” the allegations against Singer when he first took the part, noting that he had been considered for the role before the director was hired. As always, we stand with survivors of sexual harassment and assault.