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Bohemian Rhapsody removed from LGBT awards ceremony

It was the most popular film of 2018 in Malta.

But now Bohemian Rhapsody has been removed from the list of nominations at a leading LGBT awards ceremony.

The Queen biopic, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, has been pulled from the GLAAD Media Awards, where it was in the running for the Best Film category.

The decision follows allegations of sexual assault made against the film’s director Bryan Singer.

He denies the claims.

In a statement, GLAAD told Variety magazine: ‘The team that worked so hard on Bohemian Rhapsody as well as the legacy of Freddy Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and Aids in fair and accurate ways.

‘The impact of the film is undeniable.

‘We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm.’

Bohemian Rhapsody was the most viewed film at the Eden Cinemas in St Julian’s last year.

It was also the second most popular film of all-time in Malta following Titanic, which was released in 1998.