Woody Allen: 'I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement'
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Controversial filmmaker Woody Allen says the countless positions he’s given women working on his movies should make him the “poster boy for the #MeToo movement.”

“Everyone wants justice to be done — if there’s something like the #MeToo movement now, you root for them. You want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers, these people that do all these terrible things. And I think that’s a good thing,” the “Annie Hall” writer and director said in an interview with Argentina’s “Periodismo Para Todos,” released Monday.

“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,” Allen, 82, said during the wide-ranging interview. “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 son, Ronan Farrow, penned the bombshell New Yorker story last year that detailed claims of sexual misconduct from several women against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and helped spur the "Me Too" movement.

In the past, Farrow has taken aim at his father over claims of “his inappropriate conduct with children,” after Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, reported he had sexually assaulted her in 1992. Allen has long denied the allegation, and was never charged with a crime following an investigation.

“I never molested my daughter,” Allen said in a January statement, “as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, an adult adopted step-daughter, in 1997.

“I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement,” Allen said in the Monday interview. “I feel when they find people who harass innocent women, men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them.”

“It’s funny — I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement because I’ve worked in movies for 50 years,” the Academy Award winner added. “I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses, hundreds. And not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever … suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them. “

“I’ve created wonderful roles for many women,” Allen told journalist Jorge Lanata, in the sit-down first reported by Quartz.

Earlier this year, actress Rebecca Hall, who appears in Allen’s yet-to-be-released film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” said she would donate her salary from the movie to the “Time’s Up” fund to combat sexual harassment, citing Dylan Farrow's claims.

“I’ve used hundreds of women – I mean, over 200 women in the crew of my movies, behind the camera,” Allen exclaimed. “Going back 50 years we’ve always paid them the exact equal amount as we’ve paid the men.”

“So I’m very much on their side, and in their corner, and feel part of that,” Allen said. “I’m in principle and in spirit completely in favor of their bringing to justice genuine harassers.”

But, Allen said, “Now if someone is innocent they get swept up, I think that’s very sad for the person. That’s unjust. But otherwise I think it’s a very good thing to expose harassment.”