Woody Allen says it is unfair he has been named alongside other Hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct, adding he should instead be a “poster boy” for the Me Too movement.
The filmmaker, who was accused in 2014 by his estranged adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of abuse, said he had worked with hundreds of actresses and never behaved inappropriately.
Dylan Farrow penned an open letter in The New York Times four years ago accusing the director of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old.
“Something like the Me Too movement now, you root for them, you want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers, these people that do all these terrible things, and I think that’s a good thing,” Allen told the Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos.
“What bothers me is that I get linked in with them.
“It’s funny — I should be the poster boy for the Me Too movement, because I have worked in movies for 50 years.
“I have worked with hundreds of actresses, hundreds, and not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever … suggested any kind of impropriety at all.”
Allen said it was “crazy” and “upsetting” that the Dylan Farrow allegations were resurfacing and being used against him.
Numerous Hollywood stars, including Greta Gerwig and Timothée Chalamet, have recently expressed guilt about working with him or suggested they would not work with him again.
Woody Allen speaks to an interviewer for Argentinian television show Periodismo Para Todos. (infobae.com)
Last month, in an essay, Allen and Farrow’s adopted son Moses Farrow defended the director against Dylan Farrow’s claims.
“This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities,” Allen said.
“And everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue.
“For it to come back now, my God, it’s a terrible thing to accuse a person of.”
The allegations of abuse emerged more than two decades ago, in the aftermath of Allen’s acrimonious 1992 split from actress Mia Farrow.
Allen, who left Mia Farrow after starting a relationship with the actress’s adopted daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, has always vigorously denied abusing Ms Farrow.
A New York judge in the 1994 custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow ruled that the abuse allegations were inconclusive, while at the same time lambasted the director as “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive”.
In the interview, Allen also defended his 1979 film Manhattan, in which the character he plays, a twice-divorced television writer named Isaac Davis, dates a high school girl.
“When I made Manhattan, Marshall Brickman and I, when we made the script, we just thought that was funny,” he said.
“We thought it would give us an opportunity to make many jokes with an older man and a younger woman … where the girl doesn’t know what the man is talking about and where his references are his generation, her references are [hers].
“That was our only thought.”