Move over Kevin Spacey. An explosive new piece in the Atlantic mounts multiple new accusations of sexual misconduct against gay director Bryan Singer, 53, who was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” just weeks before the film was completed. The yearlong investigation with more than 50 sources includes interviews with four new victims who allege sexual misconduct by Singer when they were teens in the 1990s. The accusations run from seduction to rape.
In one instance, “Andy” tells of hooking up with Singer with “Apt Pupil“ star Brad Renfro,15, in the bedroom. “I remember wanting Brad to join in,” Andy told Atlantic. “I don’t think Brad was gay, or even bi. I think he was going with the flow. We talked about it. Like me, he looked around at all of the things these guys had, all of the money. Maybe he thought the guys were going to do things for him.” In 2008, Renfro, 25, died of a drug overdose.
According to Yahoo News, the story was initially expected to appear in Esquire magazine as “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released. Singer has consistently denied all allegations of misconduct. Yashar Ali posted Singer’s latest denial on Twitter in which the director says the article was written “by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.” Singer says, “this homophobic hit piece has been conveniently timed” to the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
BBC News notes that while Singer was fired from directing the Queen biopic for “unreliable behaviour on set,” he is nonetheless still listed as the film’s director by the Director’s Guild of America. Entertainment Weekly reports that “’Bohemian Rhapsody,’ which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama at Sunday night’s ceremony, was likely left out of the DGA nominees due to its directorial shakeup, which saw original director Bryan Singer replaced by Dexter Fletcher before production wrapped.”