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GLAAD Awards Pulls 'Bohemian Rhapsody' From Consideration After More Bryan Singer Sexual Assault Allegations

Golden Globe–winning film Bohemian Rhapsody is no longer a contender for best original film at the GLAAD Media Awards in March. Officials from the LGBT media monitoring association withdrew the film from eligibility following fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against the film's director, Bryan Singer.

Earlier this month, the film took the best drama and best actor honors at the 2019 Golden Globes. Actor Rami Malek captured the latter award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the late, great Queen frontman. Both wins automatically set the film on front-runner course for the February 24 Academy Awards.

While Singer’s most recent project has attracted prestigious Oscar nods, it remains to be seen how the GLAAD snub could affect the recognition the film recieves between now and the Academy Awards.

The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognize and honor "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the organization's website.

In a media statement about Bohemian Rhapsody issued Friday, a GLAAD spokesperson wrote:

"This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded.

"Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations, and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first."

Singer has repeatedly denied the allegations.

"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," Singer said through a spokesperson, according to Mashable.

Singer, 53, was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on the set of Apt Pupil in 1998, according to the expanded Atlantic exposé. Singer said he did not know his accuser, Victor Valdovinos.

Altogether, four men accused the director of assaulting them when they were teenagers.

Singer’s lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, noted that Singer has never been arrested for or charged with any crime, and that he categorically denied ever having sex with, or a preference for, underage men, according to The Atlantic. Singer alluded to the allegations in Instagram post in October that read, in part:

“I have known for some time that [there may be] a negative article about me. They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what [these reporters are] attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Singer made his mark as producer of The Usual Suspects in 1995, Superman Returns in 2006 and the X-Men movies.

GLAAD's mission statement says it aims to rewrite “the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.”

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