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Bryan Singer reportedly out of Red Sonja remake after recent sexual assault allegations

Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has reportedly been removed as director of the Red Sonja remake after recent sexual assault allegations made against him.

hollywood Updated: Feb 13, 2019 14:37 IST

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Bryan Singer, director of Bohemian Rhapsody, is facing new allegations that he sexually assaulted minors, leading the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to scrub his name from its awards nomination.
Bryan Singer, director of Bohemian Rhapsody, is facing new allegations that he sexually assaulted minors, leading the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to scrub his name from its awards nomination.(Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
         

Millennium Films has decided to put Red Sonja on hold amid renewed controversy surrounding director Bryan Singer, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape in an expose by a magazine.

Singer, who was fired from directing duties of his last film, Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, has not been officially removed as a director from Red Sonja but he is also not a part of the company's slate, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

An investigative article by The Atlantic last month saw multiple new accusers claiming Singer raped them while they were underage.

Director Bryan Singer arrives at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London.
Director Bryan Singer arrives at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London. ( REUTERS )

Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner had released a controversial statement post the article and called it "agenda driven fake news".

He later claimed that he approved the statement, prepared by crisis Pr guru Howard Bragman, without reading.

Red Sonja, a female empowerment story, would have earned Singer a $10 million pay package. Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody just weeks before its completion though he is still credited as director, a fact that producers hope does not impact its chances at the Oscars later this month.

The film is nominated in five categories including the best picture and best actor nod for Rami Malek.

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First Published: Feb 13, 2019 14:36 IST