"Bohemian Rhapsody" director Bryan Singer is responding to a new report about allegations of sexual abuse, calling it a "homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage" of the film's success.
Through a rep, Singer addressed the report in The Atlantic by 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. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism."
He continued, "That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. 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."
The article in question detailed allegations by several men who claim they were underage when they had sexual relations with Singer.