by Abeer Saqib
The doyen filmmaker Woody Allen deems himself to be capable of being the “poster boy” for the ongoing #MeToo movement, as no female actress has ever imputed blame on him for having unsuitable and improper behavior.
‘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, ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.’
He claims that he is a huge advocate of the #MeToo movement and says that: ‘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, ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.’
However, since 2014, the writer-director has repeatedly been accused by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexual abuse. The 82 year old has constantly denied this allegation and in an interview, he stated that ‘any situation where anyone is accused of something unjustly, this is a sad thing.’
He further added: ‘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. 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.’
Though, these claims resurfaced again in October 2017, after the allegation made against Harvey Weinstein along with several other important figures in Hollywood of sexually abusive behavior. Thereof, numerous actors who formerly worked with Allen have condemned him and have vowed not to work with Allen. These actors include; Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig, Timothee Chalamet and Ellen Page along with others.
Allen has previously referred to Weinstein as a ‘sad, sick man’ and he says that it is hurtful to be compared to abusers such as Weinstein, ‘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.’
Allen’s latest directed romantic comedy film, A Rainy Day in New York, is yet to receive a release date and hence, faces an uncertain future as the stars Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Rebecca hall donated their salaries to various charities.