BAFTA suspends Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer nomination

HOLLYWOOD CA- FEBRUARY 26 Director Bryan Singer attends the premiere of New Line Cinema's 'Jack The Giant Slayer' at TCL Chinese Theatre

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Suspends Bryan Singer Nomination Amid Sex Abuse Allegations Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images7 Feb 2019

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Singer had been nominated alongside Bohemian Rhapsody producers Graham King and Anthony McCarten in the category of Outstanding British Film. BAFTA said the suspension would remain in place while these allegations are resolved. BAFTA says Wednesday that the organization considers the alleged behavior unacceptable and incompatible with its values and that Singer has been informed of the suspension. This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr. Singer's denial of the allegations.

The film and others nominated for it will remain eligible for BAFTAs, which will be presented Sunday.

Singer did not direct all of the film after disputes about his absences from the set. Validity of the above story is for 7 Days from original date of publishing.

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Last month, Bohemian Rhapsody was removed as a nominee at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards ceremony following the allegations. Singer has denied those claims as well, calling the article a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of Bohemian Rhapsody's success.

The move, which comes amid the #MeToo push-back against sexual assault in Hollywood, appears to be among the first times that a major awards nomination was withdrawn due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

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