Since The Atlantic published a searing new string of sexual misconduct allegations against Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer in January, many have been calling on its star Rami Malek to address the situation more fully.
Malek, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his starring role in the film, has previously said he was not aware of other allegations against Singer. And as Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody in its last weeks of production (he does receive credit as director though), he has not appeared with Singer while collecting his Golden Globe and SAG trophies. Notably, he also didn’t mention Singer in his acceptance speeches.
At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Malek told The Hollywood Reporter: "My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I’ve heard and what is out there.
"It’s awful, it’s remarkable that this happens, I can appreciate so much what they’ve been through and how difficult this must be for them. In the light of the #MeToo era that this somehow seems to exist after that, it’s a horrible thing."
He also addressed his own issues with Singer as well. "I've sat here and talked about how everyone deserves a voice and anyone who wants to talk about what happened with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard," Malek said. "In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all. And that's about what I can say about it at this point."
He added, "For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired. Bryan Singer was fired, I don't think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did."
Singer has denied all allegations of misconduct against him and has claimed he was wrongly fired. He still stands to make $40 million from the film.