Woody Allen Thinks He Should Be the 'Poster Boy' for the #MeToo Movement
Woody Allen has gone on the record about the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
During an interview with Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos, the Oscar-winning director addressed the accusations made against him by adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who claims she was sexually molested by Allen 25 years ago. She was seven at the time.
"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," Allen said, as reported by Quartz. "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."
The "now" he's referring to is the current #MeToo movement, in which predatory men who have been permitted to slide by in years past are finally being held accountable for their actions. Allen, who has always denied the allegations, said he did not like being looped in with these men.
"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," he said.
Allen insisted he was a "big advocate" of the #MeToo movement and said, "You want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers... and I think that's a good thing." He then used his body of work to argue he is the "poster "poster boy" of Hollywood's current cultural moment.
"You know, 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 said.
It's true that Allen is a titan of moviemaking. It's true that actresses (and actors) consider it a monumental achievement to work with him, and many of our favorites, from Kate Winslet to Cate Blanchett to Justin Timberlake, have worked with him. But it is also true that in the light of #MeToo, some of these actors, from Timothée Chalamet to Greta Gerwig to Mira Sorvino, have expressed regret about working with Allen.
And while it is true that only one woman, Farrow, and not 100 women, has accused Allen of sexual abuse, this isn't a numbers game. It only takes one for us to reexamine the work of a brilliant man.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.