Acclaimed film director Woody Allen believes he should be the “poster boy” for the Me Too Movement.
Allen, who has been consistently plagued by sexual misconduct allegations throughout his career, faced more difficult questions after Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of director Woody Allen, wrote an essay last month for the L.A. Times reiterating an accusation that Allen allegedly molested her when she was 7-years-old.
When discussing the Harvey Weinstein situation, Allen previously said he had heard some “rumours” about Weinstein but not the ‘horror stories’ which have been revealed of late. Allen also said he felt “sad” for the Weinstein situation but hoped the stories won’t “lead to a witch hunt”.
The 82-year-old writer-director has been riddled with claims that he sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow over the years and, when asked about that directly, Allen answered: “Of course not, this is just so crazy,” he said in an interview with Periodismo Para Todos. “This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities and everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue. And that was the end and I’ve gone on with my life. For it to come back now, it’s a terrible thing to accuse a person of. I’m a man with a family and my own children.”
Moving on to the situation with Weinstein and the Me Too Movement, Allen explained how he believes he should be a ‘poster boy’ for the movement simply because he has never been accused of sexual misconduct by actresses, he said: “I should be the poster boy for the Me Too movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.”
Allen then maintained his innocence and took offence with being associated alongside disgraced Hollywood figures like Harvey Weinstein. “People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse — and I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people,” he said.
“Everyone wants justice to be done,” Allen said. “If there is something like the #MeToo movement now, you root for them, you want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers, these people who do all these terrible things. And I think that’s a good thing.
“As I say, I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement,” he said. “I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. “