Woody Allen said he, “must be the poster boy for the #MeToo-movement’ in a new interview with the Argentine news program, Periodismo Para Todos on Monday.
Woody Allen is not happy about it to be a self-proclaimed ” poster boy for the #MeToo movement.”
“I’m a big supporter of the #MeToo movement,” Allen, 82, told the Argentine news program Periodismo Para Todos (“Journalism for All”) (via Quartz) on Monday. “I feel if they can find people who the intimidation of innocent women and men, it is a good thing that they expose. But you know that I — I, a poster boy for the #MeToo movement, because I’ve worked in movies for 50 years. I have worked with hundreds of actresses, and not a one — the large, well-known, those start — ‘ve ever ever proposed any form of indecent behaviour. I have always had a delicious plate with them.”
(However, in 2015, Mariel Hemingway, who starred in Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan,” claimed in her memoirs “the Sun Came”, All of which tried to seduce her when she turned 18 and he was 44.)
While the author can’t believe that he’s Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, or Kevin Spacey levels of behavior, many stars, including Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels and Michael Caine, have done work with him in the light of the allegations of sexual abuse of his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, who is against him.
Allen was accused of the murder of the then 7-year-old Dylan in 1993 in Mia Farrow’s Connecticut home. Enforcement of the law, and sexual abuse experts examined the allegations at the time, the Los Angeles Times reported, but a prosecutor refused to press charges to spare Dylan the trauma of a trial; a judge in the court shall be deemed to Allen’s behavior toward his daughter “rude and uncalled for.”
Allen has maintained his innocence since the accusations were first raised against him, alleging that despised ex Mia was coaching Dylan to get revenge on Allen for the dating of Mia’s other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
Now 32, Dylan has repeated her accusations many times since the dawn of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“This is something that is carefully looked into 25 years ago, by all the authorities and everyone came to the conclusion that it is untrue,” Allen said. “And that was the end and I’ve gone on with my life. For it to come back now, it is a terrible thing to accuse a person. I am a man with a family and my own children. Therefore, it is of course shocking.”
“I think that in any situation in which someone is accused someone wrongly, this is a sad case. I think everyone agree with me that, ” he continued. “Everyone wants justice to be done. If there is something like the #MeToo movement, you root for them, you want them to bring to justice these horrible stalkers, these people do all these terrible things. And I think that’s a good thing. What bothers me is that I connected with them. People who are accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse — and I, who was only accused by a woman in a custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I am lumped in with these people.”
Allen’s other children, including a daughter Bechet (with Previn), and son Moses Farrow, have spoken out in his defense. Son Ronan Farrow is a staunch and constant defender of Dylan.
Although All feels himself to be the victim of Hollywood, he still has many defenders, including Alec Baldwin and Diane Keaton, as well as other stars who quietly supported him, such as Scarlett Johansson.
Penélope Cruz, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, takes a similar stance to Cate Blanchett (who went home with a trophy for Best Actress from her work with Allen on “Blue Jasmine”) — they don’t have all the details and she thinks it may need to be reopened.
“The only answer that I can give you with common sense which is not about the head is [that] the case should be looked at,” Cruz, 44, told Vanity Fair on Saturday. “The important thing is, if there is a case anywhere in the world that is not clear, why then do you not agree? I am in favor of. We have a collection of cups says this actor to work with him again, and said that they are not — this doesn’t change anything. This has not anything good to the situation. We must believe in justice, and this was looked at years ago, and it is not clear. There should be looked at again, and then I can give an answer.”
This article originally appeared on Page Six.