Brian May has apologized to a fan who suggested he unfollow Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer on Instagram after the latest round of sexual assault allegations against the filmmaker.
The Atlantic published a lengthy story on Thursday that included new allegations by four men who claimed the director sexually assaulted them when they were teens. Singer has denied all the allegations.
May initially responded to the fan, "You need to look after your own business and stop telling me what to do. And you need to learn to respect the fact that a man or woman is innocent until proven guilty."
Then May post a screenshot of the comment and wrote, "My response was a result of my perception that someone was telling me what to do. I now realize that I was completely wrong in thinking that... 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."
May began following Singer when they were working on the film, and didn't change that when Singer was fired from the movie in December 2017. "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."
May wishes he could take his original comment back. "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."
Bohemian Rhapsody comes out on digital video Tuesday.