Queen guitarist Brian May issued an apology for appearing to defend former Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer. An expose published yesterday addressed four new accusations against the director, in which he was accused of seducing and raping underage boys.
Shortly after the expose was published, a fan reached out to May on Instagram, insisting that May unfollow Singer considering the allegations. May took the fan's insistence personally and fired back a reply, telling her to mind her own business and that people are innocent until proven guilty. His response did not sit well with people, as it appeared that he was siding with the controversial director.
In case you were wondering how the people who fought to let Bryan Singer direct Bohemian Rhapsody felt about The Atlantic story. pic.twitter.com/GDC6co5l5e— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) January 24, 2019
In response, May attempted to apologize in a public post.
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Dear Folks - I was shocked and saddened to realise what I had done by my hasty and inconsiderate IG reply to this lady yesterday. I’ve posted an apology to her in the ‘reply’ box, but it seems to have disappeared - so I’m going to try to repeat it here, to be clear. ———- Dear Sue, I’m so sorry that I responded to your post so snappily and inconsiderately. My response was a result of my perception that someone was telling me what to do. I now realise that I was completely wrong in thinking that. You were actually just trying to protect me, for which I thank you. I am mortified to discover the effect my words produced. I had no idea that saying someone was innocent until proven guilty could be interpreted as “defending“ Bryan Singer. I had absolutely no intention of doing that. I guess I must be naive, because also it had never occurred to me that ‘following’ a person on Instagram could be interpreted as approving of that person. The only reason I followed Bryan Singer was that we were working with him on a project. That situation came to an end when Mr Singer was removed during the shooting of the film, but I suppose unfollowing him never occurred to me as a necessity. Now, because of this misunderstanding, I have unfollowed. I’m so sorry. This must have caused you a lot of upset. I wish I could take the comment back, but all I can do is apologise, and hope that my apology will begin to make amends. Sadly, this is all very public, but since I snapped at you in public, it’s only fitting that I should apologise in public. I’m going to try to follow you so we can communicate privately if you want. With love - Bri. —— I should add that this is also a sincere apology to anyone else out there that I inadvertently offended. No such offence was intended and I will be more careful in future. Bri
In the post, he apologized for misinterpreting the comment and explained his response was not in defense of Singer. He claimed he was only following Singer on social media because he was originally the Bohemian Rhapsody director and that he never thought to unfollow him after he was fired from the project due to production delays and conflicts with actor Rami Malek. May confirmed he unfollowed Singer and that he regrets his comments.
Singer has denied the allegations, calling them a " homophobic smear piece." His attorney Andrew B. Brettler denied that his client has ever had sex with underage men and emphasized the director has never been arrested or charged with any crime.
The controversy dates back to 2014 when Singer was sued by Michael Egan III, who alleged that he was 17 years old when the director drugged and raped him at parties held in 1999. Egan dropped the lawsuit four months later. However, Singer was accused again of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy during a 2003 party in 2017, mere days after he was fired from the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody.