'Red Sonja' producer, Avi Lerner, is refusing to bow to pressure and remove shamed director, Bryan Singer from the movie, despite the recent allegations of sexual misconduct and rape.
Variety obtained a statement from Lerner, in which the Hollywood producer is choosing to stand by Singer:
“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,” Lerner said.
“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.”
There are several new allegations against singer which were detailed in the Atlantic article. The article even quoted a man who said he was a 13-year-old extra on the Singer film “Apt Pupil” when the director fondled his genitals without consent.
"The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997," Singer said in a statement.
"After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism. That didn't stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. It's sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity."