Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

'Red Sonja' film delayed amid Bryan Singer sexual misconduct allegations

'Red Sonja' film delayed amid Bryan Singer sexual misconduct allegations

Singer, who was sacked from directing duties of his last film, Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, has not been officially removed as a director from Red Sonja but he is also not a part of the company's slate, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Millennium signed Singer to "Red Sonja" in September after Singer received the directing credit for "Bohemian Rhapsody", despite being replaced by Dexter Fletcher during the latter stages of the shoot in late 2017.

"The project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the European Film Market in Berlin", a spokesperson for Millenium Films said. It had been expected to begin filming later this year in Bulgaria. "In America people are innocent until proven otherwise". Singer has recently been faced with four new claims of sexual assault and misconduct, with The Atlantic citing more than 50 sources alleging the director had sex with boys aged 15 and 17, while another, Victor Valdovinos alleged he was sexually assaulted by Singer on the set of Apt Pupil when Valdovinos was a 13-year-old extra.

Red Sonja, a female empowerment story, would have earned Singer a $10 million pay package.

In late January, it was reported that director Bryan Singer was still on tap to helm the reboot of Red Sonja despite new reports of sexual misconduct raised in a report published by The Atlantic.

Bafta said in a statement: "In light of recent very serious allegations, Bafta has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately". The director has vehemently denied wrongdoing and has not been charged or convicted of a crime.

Days after The Atlantic published its article, GLAAD withdrew the Freddie Mercury biopic's nomination for "Outstanding Film - Wide Release" at its annual Media Awards. "I want [the accused] to be judged by the court".

"I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously", he said last week.

Box office sensation Bohemian Rhapsody has five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. I just don't agree to judge by the Twitter.

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