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Woody Allen: 'I Should Be the Poster Boy' for #MeToo

But he's not, he says, because he has great relationships with the women he works with
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2018 3:27 PM CDT
In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016, file photo, director Woody Allen poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Cafe Society, at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

(Newser) – Speaking to an Argentine journalist in an interview that was broadcast Sunday night on the Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos, Woody Allen said he should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement, the AP reports. Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleges he sexually abused her when she was a child, was expressing mixed feelings about the movement when he noted, "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." He also addressed the fact that Dylan's allegations have been making headlines again since the movement started, Quartz reports.

"This is just so crazy," he said. "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." He added that he is "a big advocate" of the #MeToo movement, but that "what bothers me is that I get linked 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." He noted that he's happy when the #MeToo movement exposes abusers, but "I think in any situation where anyone is accused of someone unjustly, this is a sad thing." (Read more Woody Allen stories.)

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