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Studio Shelves ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Director Bryan Singer’s Next Film over Sexual Assault Claims

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 11: Director Bryan Singer attends the Open talk during the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Haeundae beach on October 11, 2009 in Busan, South Korea. The biggest film festival in Asia showcases 355 films from 70 countries and runs from October 8-16. …
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WARNER TODD HUSTON

The studio backing the next film helmed by Hollywood director Bryan Singer has shelved the project over the mounting accusations of sexual assault being brought against him.

On Monday, Millennium Films told Deadline Hollywood that Singer’s planned Red Sonja fantasy-action film is “not on the slate at the moment.”

The director of the recent award-winning Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody faces allegations from four men who claim he sexually molested them when they were teenagers. The four accusers came forward in an expose by the Atlantic, but Bryan Singer had also been confronted by others making similar accusations.

Singer called the Atlantic article a “homophobic smear piece” and insisted that its real purpose was to hamper the success of his most recent film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Despite winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, several BAFTA awards, and others, Bohemian Rhapsody has faced some repercussions from the accusations against its famed director.

For instance, gay activist group GLAAD withdrew the film from its own awards race, while the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) bared Singer from being recognized during the film’s nomination for Outstanding British Film.

Singer was also removed from the film two weeks before filming  was complete, though he is still listed as the director in the film’s credits.

As to his next planned movie, Millennium Films did not say directly that Singer was fired from the project, but it seems its shelving serves the same purpose.

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