"And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”
The story paints Singer as a predatory sex offender who took advantage of underage boys, one as young as 13-years-old.
Deadline received a message from Singer who refutes all charges, saying this isn't the first time a hit piece was constructed with false claims.
“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," he said. "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,” continued the statement. “It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention. And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”
The Atlantic article claims it's been a year in the making and they have spoken to “more than 50 sources," some of which are “psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD.”
Although Singer is still attached to his Oscar-nominated Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody, he was fired just two weeks before the end of production.
Singer was sued by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman in a still-pending 2017 court case that alleges the director of rape, an accusation he denies.