Bryan Singer has mysteriously disappeared in the middle of directing Bohemian Rhapsody, a Queen biopic starring Rami Malek, leading some (a.k.a. us) to believe he may be prepping for a new wave of sexual harassment allegations.
Singer reportedly failed to return to production following the Thanksgiving break, causing 20th Century Fox to halt production on Bohemian Rhapsody. And while Singer cited “a personal health matter concerning [him] and his family,” sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that Rhapsody‘s on-set atmosphere has been tense due to Malek being tired of Singer constantly showing up to work late.
Singer has disappeared in the middle of filming before — most notably during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns — so this behavior isn’t especially alarming. But the timing of the sudden and mysterious disappearance has led to some individuals speculating that Singer may be the next Hollywood heavyweight to tumble due to sexual harassment allegations.
You may recall that Singer was sued for sexual assaulting a 13-year-old in 2014, causing a number of media outlets to expose his long history of alleged sexual harassment at his infamous twink pool parties. It turned out that Singer had actually been accused of harassment multiple times, according to multiple unrelated sources. However, Singer denied all allegations, and the cases were eventually dropped and forgotten. But we live in a different era now, and audiences are less likely to sweep sexual abuse allegations under the rug. Thus, it came as no surprise when Singer’s name began trending on Twitter shortly after Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of being a sexual predator in October. Many believed that Singer’s abuse allegations would finally come back to haunt him and effectively end his career.
But then again, Woody Allen is still making movies and Roman Polanski isn’t in jail yet, so is there a statute of limitations for being an accused sexual predator? Will Singer need five new people to come forward and accuse him of sexual assault in order to make this relevant? Or is he safe because his allegations arrived before the Era of Finally Condemning Sexual Predators? Only time will tell.