Rami Malek opened up about working with accused sexual predator Bryan Singer—”My situation was not pleasant at all”
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.
"My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I've heard and what is out there," Malek said, per THR. "It's awful, it's remarkable that this happens. I can appreciate so much what they've been through and how difficult this must be for them. In the light of the #MeToo era that this somehow seems to exist after that, it's a horrible thing."
The actor added that he wanted all survivors to feel like they could speak up about their experiences.
"I've sat here and talked about how everyone deserves a voice and anyone who wants to talk about what happened with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard," Malek said. "In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all. And that's about what I can say about it at this point."
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.
"For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired," Malek said during the February 1st interview. "Bryan Singer was fired, I don't think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did."
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.