If you thought the list of sexual misconduct allegations made against Bryan Singer were going to sink his career, think again.
Avi Lerner, the producer of Singer’s next scheduled film Red Sonja, says the director will keep his job despite the string of new allegations made against him in that damning exposé published by The Atlantic this week.
Not only that, but Singer will be paid $10 million for directing the action-adventure film.
“I continue to be in development for Red Sonja and Bryan Singer continues to be attached,” Lerner tells the Hollywood Reporter. “The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen.”
The Atlantic’s year-long investigation looked at multiple allegations of underage sexual misconduct made against the Bohemian Rhapsody director, speaking to over 50 sources, including four who have never spoken out before.
71-year-old Lerner, who himself is no stranger to sexual misconduct allegations, went on to call the allegations made against Singer “fake news”.
“I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
Following The Atlantic’s exposé, Singer released a statement calling it a “smear piece” written by a “a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997.”
“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity,” Singer said. “And 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.”