Woody Allen has reiterated his support for the MeToo movement and his feeling that he was an early adopter of their objectives.
Speaking ahead of the French premiere of "A Rainy Day in New York", Allen was asked if he regretted comments made in 2018, in which he said he “should be the poster boy for the MeToo movement”.
“Not at all,” he told France 24’s Vincent Roux. “I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses, not one of them has ever complained about me; not a single complaint. I’ve employed women in the top capacity for years and we’ve always paid them the equal of men.
“I’ve done everything the MeToo movement would love to achieve.”
Earlier comments about #MeToo by Allen were cited by Amazon as a cause for their termination of a four-movie contract with the director, to which Allen responded with a $68 million lawsuit.
At the time, Allen was reacting to a renewed allegation of molestation by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, which dates back to 1992, when she was seven years old. The allegation, which came during a custody battle during Allen’s split from Mia Farrow, was consistently denied by Allen. Two investigations were launched at the time and no charges brought.
On Thursday, Farrow responded to Scarlett Johansson’s defence of Woody Allen earlier this week by saying that Johansson “has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion”.
Farrow was commenting on an interview in Harper’s Bazaar in which Johansson said that the director “maintains his innocence” of allegations of sexual abuse against him by Farrow, and that she “believe[s] him”.
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