Bryan Singer to Keep Directing Job Despite Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Bryan Singer to Keep Directing Job Despite Sexual Misconduct Accusations

The producer of the coming film “Red Sonja” said on Thursday that he was keeping the director Bryan Singer at the helm of the movie, suggesting that newly detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against Singer were “fake news.”

Singer, 53, is a prominent Hollywood director, with credits including “The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Singer was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” for not showing up at work, but still received a directing credit on the movie, which is nominated for a best picture Oscar.

“The over $800 million ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen,” Avi Lerner, the chairman of Millennium Films and executive producer of “Red Sonja,” said in a statement. “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 guilty.”

The pointed statement came one day after The Atlantic published an investigation into Singer, documenting years of allegations that included molesting a 13-year-old boy on the set of the movie “Apt Pupil” and having sex with underage boys.

Singer denied those allegations in a statement on Wednesday.

“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity,” Singer said. “And it is no surprise that, with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”

“Red Sonja” is based on a female comic book heroine who is a survivor of rape. And while the film’s producer is sticking with Singer, others have condemned him. GLAAD, the gay-rights advocacy group, removed “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a candidate for its Media Awards on Thursday, saying that the allegations highlighted in The Atlantic “cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded.”

“‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of H.I.V. and AIDS in fair and accurate ways,” GLAAD said in a statement. “ We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm.”

GLAAD also said that Singer’s denial “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.”

And in a statement released around the same time as Lerner’s remarks, the anti-sexual-harassment group Time’s Up called the allegations against Singer “horrifying.”

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