Accused of molesting daughter, Woody Allen says he should be the poster boy for #MeToo

Hollywood director Woody Allen doesn’t like being clubbed with men accused of harassment by ‘20, 50, 100 women’.

hollywood Updated: Jun 05, 2018 10:26 IST
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American filmmaker Woody Allen has backed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and said he would have been a "poster boy" for the cause if he hadn't been unfairly maligned.(AFP)

Woody Allen says he should be the face of the #MeToo movement in terms of what to do right. In an interview that was broadcast Sunday night, Allen said he’s a “big advocate” of #MeToo, and once again denied allegations that he molested Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter.

“It’s funny, I should be the poster boy for the #Metoo movement because I’ve worked in movies for 50 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses...and not a single one, big ones, famous ones, have ever, ever, suggested any kind of impropriety at all,” he told Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata in New York.

“I’m in principle, and in spirit, completely in favor of their bringing to justice genuine harassers,” Allen said during the interview with Argentina’s Channel 13.

“Now, if innocent ones get swept up in there, that’s very sad for the person, it’s unjust, but otherwise, I think it’s a very good thing to expose harassment.”

Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released a lengthy personal essay May 23, 2018, disputing allegations that his father molested his sister and accusing his mother of abuse. (AFP)

Farrow, Allen’s daughter, in 2014 renewed the claim that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7-years-old. Allen, who has long denied the allegations, was investigated for the incident but not charged. Farrow has previously questioned why the #MeToo movement hasn’t ensnarled Allen.

Earlier this year, Mira Sorvino published a public apology to Farrow, saying she was sorry for “turning a blind eye” to Farrow’s accusations against Allen. She also vowed never to work with him again. Sorvino starred in Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite.”

Other actors have also distanced themselves from Allen, raising questions about the future of the prolific filmmaker in an industry sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct in the midst of a #MeToo reckoning.

“What bothers me is that I get linked in with them,” Allen said. “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.”

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First Published: Jun 05, 2018 10:26 IST