- Bryan Singer, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” director, has been fired from directing “Red Sonja,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- Avi Lerner, the founder and CEO of Millennium Films, fired Singer because the movie could not find a domestic distributor, THR said.
- In an article in The Atlantic earlier this year, multiple people accused Singer of sexually assaulting them when they were young boys. He has denied the allegations.
Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the studio Millennium Films’ “Red Sonja” movie following allegations that he sexually abused young boys, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Millennium CEO Avi Lerner fired Singer because he could not find a domestic distributor for the movie, THR said. The publication reported last month that the movie was on hold but that Singer was still attached.
Representatives for Singer and Millennium did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Red Sonja was originally created for Marvel Comics and inspired by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya. The character’s comics are now published by Dynamite Entertainment. In the comics, she takes revenge on the mercenaries who killed her family and raped her.
In an explosive article in The Atlantic earlier this year,multiple people accused Singer of sexually assaulting them in the late 1990s when they were young boys. One man said Singer molested him when he was 13 and Singer was in his 30s on the set of one of Singer’s films, “Apt Pupil.” Another said Singer had sex with him when he was 15.
Singer has denied the allegations.
Lerner’s statement following the Atlantic article, in which described it as “agenda-driven fake news” and said he was “very comfortable” with the decision to hire Singer to direct the movie based on the box-office success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” was met with backlash. Singer is credited as the director on that movie, but he was fired by the studio Fox late into production for repeatedly being absent from the set.
Lerner later walked that statement back, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he signed off on it without reading it.
“I don’t want to apologise,” Lerner said. “I just want to clarify. I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously. I just don’t agree to judge by the Twitter.”
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