Javier Bardem 'Very Shocked' at How Woody Allen Is Treated

'I have doubts' about Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against director dad, Bardem says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
Actor Javier Bardem attends the "Mother!" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Sept. 10, 2017, in Toronto.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If Woody Allen were to throw a dinner party, he could probably count on invites being accepted by Diane Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and now, Javier Bardem. In a new interview in Paris Match, the Spanish actor says he's "very shocked at this sudden treatment" of Allen, who's now widely seen as a pariah in Hollywood due to sexual abuse allegations from his daughter, Dylan Farrow. "Judgments in the states of New York and Connecticut found him innocent," Bardem said. "The legal situation today is the same as in 2007."

The Guardian and People note there was actually "probable cause" to prosecute Allen, per a Connecticut state's attorney, but that he never went to trial because prosecutors didn't want to force a "fragile" young Farrow onto the stand. Either way, Bardem says he's "absolutely not ashamed" for having worked with Allen on 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. "If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts," he says. On the #MeToo movement in general, Bardem adds: "Today, we have the impression there are men on one side and women on the other, which sends a very bad message to the younger generation. The goal is not to be against each other but to be with others." (Read more Javier Bardem stories.)

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