Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Exclusive: “Mr. Robot” Actor Rami Malek May Take Legal Action Against Ex-“Bohemian Rhapsody” Director Bryan Singer


EXCLUSIVE You’ve heard the story about “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer getting fired off the Queen-Freddie Mercury movie.

Singer disappeared from the London set, claimed he was taking care of an ill parent. At the same time, stories surfaced everywhere that Singer and star Rami Malek — highly regarded from his work in “Mr. Robot” and in the film “Short Term 12″ — were not getting along, and that Malek had taken his complaints to the executives in charge at Fox.

Singer acknowledged this week that he and Malek had had problems on the set. Singer said in a statement: “Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving.”

Now I’m hearing that Malek’s “problems” were more than just complaining about how to act in a scene. Sources say Singer’s behavior toward Malek was allegedly worse than simple misconduct, and that Malek is considering legal action against his former director.

Singer is not new to legal claims. He was sued this week by a man who claims Singer assaulted him in 2003, when he was seventeen. Singer’s lawyer categorically denied the charges and vowed to fight them. In 2014, Singer was among a number of defendants sued by Michael Egan, for sexual assault. That case was dismissed, Both the new case and the Egan case are represented by attorney Jeff Herman, who has a sketchy history. He’s been suspended from practicing law and was once accused of rape.

But Herman isn’t part of this story.

Stay tuned. I’m waiting now for a response from Malek’s side.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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