Woody Allen: I Should Be A #MeToo Poster Boy

Woody Allen isn’t happy with the way people keep lumping him together with all the other Hollywood people who are being slammed with sexual misconduct claims.

Speaking to Argentinian news program “Periodismo Para Todos” (via Quartz & The Playlist), the filmmaker opened up about the rise of the #MeToo movement and why his on-set record should be celebrated:

“I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement. I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. But you know, I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo 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.

I think in any situation where anyone is accused of something unjustly, this is a sad thing. I think everybody would agree with that… Everyone wants justice to be done. If there is something like the #MeToo movement now, you root for them, you want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers, these people who do all these terrible things. And I think that’s a good thing.

Allen was asked about the #MeToo movement due to a history of alleged inappropriate sexual conduct, namely being accused by adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of sexual abuse when she was a child – claims Allen has consistently denied and was never charged for. In recent months he’s grown frustrated:

What bothers me is that I get linked in with them. 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.

I mean this is just so crazy. 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.”

Many of Allen’s previous actors and collaborators have come forward in recent months to say they would not work with him in the future including the likes of Greta Gerwig, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Caine and Ellen Page. Allen’s latest film “A Rainy Day in New York” is still in post-production with no release date set.