When it comes to how powerful men in the entertainment industry should treat the women they work with, director Woody Allen — who was accused of sexually abusing his daughter — believes the #MeToo movement should look to him as an example.
During an interview with Argentine news program "Periodismo Para Todos" on Sunday, Allen said that he should be the “poster boy” for #MeToo, Quartz Media reported. He called himself a “big advocate” of the movement, and said that it’s a “good thing” that people who harass innocent men and women are being exposed.
“I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement,” he continued.
“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 ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them,” he said
Allen has repeatedly denied accusations that he molested adopted step-daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old. After an investigation in the early 90s, he was never charged, according to The New York Times. Allen said he resented the prospect of being “lumped in” with men who have been “accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse.”
“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,” the director of critically-acclaimed films such as “Manhattan” and “Annie Hall” said about his own abuse allegations.
“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. So of course it’s upsetting,” he said.
Dylan responded to Allen’s #MeToo remarks on Tuesday, tweeting, “All Woody Allen’s recent antics demonstrate his desperation to salvage a now faltering career. His true feelings on Weinstein and #MeToo were made evident in his initial reaction and defense of Weinstein.”
Allen commented shortly after the Weinstein news broke that it was “very sad for everybody involved,” BBC News reports.
“Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up,” he continued.
He later clarified his statements to Variety, explaining, “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man.”
Farrow described Allen's recent statement as a “calculated PR strategy” attempting to “undermine credible allegations.”
“We’re all wiser to that now and know the lengths powerful men will go to in order to demean and silence their victims,” she said.
Farrow’s allegations received renewed interest after her brother Moses Farrow published a lengthy blog post last month defending Allen and accusing his adoptive mother Mia Farrow of being abusive.
[Photo: Woody Allen attends the 'Wonder Wheel' screening at Museum of Modern Art on November 14, 2017 in New York City. By Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images]