Woody Allen has proclaimed in an interview that he should actually be the “poster boy” of #MeToo because he’s treated hundreds of women as well as he treated men, despite the fact that his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has accused him of molesting her as a child.
Allen told NBC News that in his 50 years of working in film he’s employed “hundreds of actresses” who have not accused him of wrongdoing.
“I should be the poster boy for the MeToo Movement because I have worked in movies for 50 years and […] I worked with hundreds of actresses,” he said. “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 am a big advocate of the #MeToo movement,” he added, saying that he’s paid women as much as men. “I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them.”
As for his reaction to Dylan Farrow’s accusations, he said this is something that was thoroughly investigated a quarter-century ago.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Allen has previously referenced the investigation and said “they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.”
He also accused the Farrow family of “cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation.”
In January, Dylan Farrow tearfully called her stepfather a liar while detailing alleged abuse.
“He’s lying and he’s been lying for so long,” she said. “As a seven year old, I would say he touched my private parts, which I did say. As a 32 year old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”
Farrow’s brother Ronan Farrow, who works at the New Yorker, has vocally supported her.
Consider this tweet from 2014:
I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 2, 2014
But Ronan Farrow also put a lengthier response out there as recently as May 2018. In it, he said that he believed his sister.
He was responding to Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Allen and Mia Farrow. Moses Farrow wrote a defense of Allen in which he accused Mia Farrow of being abusive.
All I’m going to say about efforts to deflect from my sister‘s allegations: pic.twitter.com/IRrj5fzMqV
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) May 24, 2018
[Image via CBS This Morning screengrab]