The director of the new Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been fired due to “unreliable behaviour” as speculation of on-set chaos rumble on.

Singer is rumoured to have been involved in a fiery confrontation with lead actor Rami Malek which allegedly saw the director throw an object at the actor. What followed as a result of the incident saw Malek complain to the studio who charged Singer with “not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.”

“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio said Monday in a statement as the Hollywood Reporter reported that Singer had failed to show up for filming on multiple occasions following his confrontation with Malek.

However, with the scrutiny showing no signs of slowing down, Singer has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing on his part: “With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the US to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents,” he said in a statement.

“This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”

“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,” he said when asked about the confrontation with Malek.

The film is still expected to be released in December next as planned despite the setback.

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