Woody Allen has defended his previous comments about being a “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement after being supported by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Allen, who has been consistently plagued by sexual misconduct abuse allegations made by his former adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, has defended his stance as he prepares to premiere his new film A Rainy Day in New York in France.
Dylan claims that Allen sexually abused her when she was just seven-years-old and, to solidify her claims, wrote a detailed essay for the L.A. Times reiterating an accusation that Allen allegedly molested her.
This time last year, as the #MeToo movement unraveled a huge amount of abuse allegations made against Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein, Allen’s name was again in the spotlight. In response to that, the director emphatically defended his position, stating: “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.”
Now, as he sat down with France 24’s Vincent Roux to promote his new and controversial film, Allen was asked if he had any regret about the “poster boy” comments which caused a major stir. “Not at all,” the 83-year-old emphatically replied. “I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses, not one of them has ever complained about me; not a single complaint,” he reiterated.
“I’ve employed women in the top capacity for years and we’ve always paid them the equal of men.
“I’ve done everything the MeToo movement would love to achieve.”
Allen is back in the headlines where this subject is concerned after actress Scarlett Johansson, who has worked with the director on films such as Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, defended him amid scrutiny.
“I love Woody,” Johansson said in an interview with THR. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
Johansson added: “I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she continued. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, rightfully so. It’s an intense time.”