Bohemian Rhapsody replacement director has said that while the sexual assault allegations against Bryan Singer overshadow the movie at times, they do not define it.
Much of the Queen biopic which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, was directed by Singer, but Fletcher stepped in when he left the production before it was completed.
Singer has been in the news recently after a report in the US alleged he had sexually assaulted four men while they were under-age, but this was not cited as the reason for him leaving the film.
Speaking at the BAFTAs, Fletcher said the allegations – which Singer has denied – had in some ways overshadowed the film.
He said: "I sort of see it from the sidelines and I think that is a shame, and it’s unfortunate, and it’s one of those things the film has to navigate through and weather.
"But I think what is more important is the audience love this film and they go and see it, and that seems to be all these things that go around it and whatever.
"At the end of the day people vote with their tickets and that’s what’s important."
He added: "And I think Rami is big enough and smart enough to realise that, and that’s an issue that’s so external from the whole and it’s unfortunate, and of course it overshadows it at times, but it doesn’t define it. It doesn’t define what the film is.
"Rami’s performance does and Queen’s music does, you know so many bigger, more positive things that define that film. that it’s sad though, yes."
Singer had his BAFTA nomination for the 2019 awards suspended earlier this month .
In a statement, BAFTA said "BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values."
They added: "This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination."
Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek previously stated that he was unaware of the allegations against Singer prior to filming his Oscar and BAFTA-nominated turn as Freddie Mercury .
"I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is."
The film triumphed at the Golden Globes, winning Best Picture Drama and Best Lead Actor – Drama for Malek’s turn.
Singer, who went unmentioned in the ceremony and did not attend, took to social media to celebrate the film’s success.
Singer took to Instagram to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for the award captioning it: "What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress"
The director was reportedly fired from the film weeks before filming ended due to on-set behaviour absenteeism.
He kept his directing credit on the film as he had been present for the majority of the shoot.
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