Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

BAFTA withdraws nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer amid sex allegations

BAFTA withdraws nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer amid sex allegations

Despite the latest allegations against Singer, Millennium Films boss Avi Lerner has recently confirmed that the director remains attached to the upcoming Red Sonja reboot, a project he first joined back in October following his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" heads into this year's Oscars with five nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek and his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination. Singer has denied the allegations. Those nominations all remain in place, but the name of Singer, who stood alongside Graham King and Anthony McCarten in the nod for best British film, has been removed, reports

"Bafta believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this", it continued. BAFTA said the suspension would remain in place while these allegations are resolved. The Hollywood Reporter said Singer had not returned to the set after Thanksgiving week, and 20th Century Fox said that cameras had been stopped due to the "unexpected unavailability" of the director. Validity of the above story is for 7 Days from original date of publishing.

In January 2019, Singer was accused of sexually assaulting and sleeping with a string of under-age boys.

The winners will be announced February 10 at a ceremony in London hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley. Singer has denied those claims as well, calling the article a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of Bohemian Rhapsody's success.

Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury, was previously seen as a likely Bafta best actor victor (and possible Oscar champ).

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