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Woody Allen Defends Himself and Addresses #MeToo

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  • During an interview with France 24, Woody Allen defended his work by saying he has “done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve.”
  • Allen has been the subject of controversy in Hollywood since he was accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child, though he has denied these claims.
  • His name appeared in the news earlier this week when actress Scarlett Johansson said she believed him and would work with him. 
  • Farrow responded to Johansson by saying she “has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion.”

Woody Allen Speaks to France24

Film director Woody Allen, who has long been accused of sexual assault, claimed his work supports the goals of the #MeToo movement. 

Allen sat down with France24 on Friday, just prior to the premiere of his new film, A Rainy Day in New York at a film festival in France. The film’s lead actors, Elle Fanning, Timothée Chalamet, and Selena Gomez are not scheduled to walk the red carpet. Amazon also shelved the film from a theatrical release in the United States. 

Allen claimed he was unconcerned about his movie not receiving screen time in the states and addressed a past claim he made about being the poster boy for the #MeToo movement.

“I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses, not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint,” he said. “I’ve worked with, employed women in the top capacity, in every capacity, for years and we’ve always paid them exactly the equal of men.” 

“I’ve done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve,” Allen added.

Allen has often been the subject of controversy in Hollywood since his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow said he sexually assaulted her when she was a child. Many in the industry have distanced themselves from the director due to the allegations against him. Specifically, vocal advocates for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have condemned him.

Scarlett Johansson’s Recent Defense of Allen

Allen’s name was in headlines earlier this week when actress Scarlett Johansson defended him while speaking with the Hollywood Reporter. Johansson first worked with the director in 2006 while starring alongside Hugh Jackman in Scoop.

“I love Woody,” she said in her interview. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”

The Avengers star has spoken in favor of women’s equality movements in Hollywood and even spoke at the 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles dawning a Time’s Up t-shirt. She faced significant backlash for her remarks about Allen, most notably from Farrow herself.

“Scarlett has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion,” Farrow wrote on Twitter.

See what others are saying: (The Hollywood Reporter) (The Guardian) (IndieWire


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