Rami Malek claims that he had no knowledge of the charges against Bryan Singer while the two were working on the film.
“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached," Malek tells Los Angeles Times. "So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up. I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is. Who knows what happens with that … but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way.”
After Singer was let go from the production team for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in December 2017, a 2003 sexual assault lawsuit arrived at his doorstep. He was then permanently replaced by Dexter Fletcher for the remaining few weeks of filming.
Rumours about how Malek and Singer had openly clashed on set shortly circulated around, claiming that the director never returned after a Thanksgiving break because he was caring for his sick mother. When things couldn't get worse, word of a sexual assault lawsuit claims that Singer had once forced a 17-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and later raped the same boy during a yacht party.
Producer Graham King had confirmed Singer's dismissal was caused by Singer's desire to put the film on hold while he takes some personal time off. However, the studio disagreed on any further delays.
After a year's worth of investigations, The Atlantic had published an article accusing Singer of having sexual relations with underage boys as young as 13 since 1997. Some of those relationships were consensual and some were forced. The accusation was backed by over 50 sources who were interview although many of them remained anonymous who worries about bad publicity that may hurt their personal lives.
In response, Singer has denied all accusations via Deadline saying, "The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997," he says. "After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism."
“That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic,” he claims. “It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention. 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.”