Woody Allen Says He Supports #MeToo as Penelope Cruz Calls for Investigation
Woody Allen addressed the ongoing sexual abuse allegations leveled against him by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, now 32. (She accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 7 years old, and the story has received renewed attention during the #MeToo Movement).
Allen, 82, acknowledged he is the "poster boy for the #MeToo movement."
- He told Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos: "I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement. I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. But you know I — 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."
- However, as Page Six points out, in 2015, Mariel Hemingway alleged that he attempted to seduce her when she turned 18 and he was 44. She made the claim in her memoir Out Came the Sun. She starred in Allen’s Manhattan in 1979.
- Allen has long denied the allegations, which he said his ex Mia Farrow orchestrated to get back at him for dating her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who he later married.
PENELOPE CRUZ SPEAKS OUT
- Penelope Cruz is speaking out for the first time about the abuse allegations against Allen, 10 years after winning an Oscar for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
- "The only answer that I can give you with common sense that is not about a headline is, the case has to be looked at again," Cruz told Vanity Fair at the 11th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park on Saturday. "The important thing is, if there is a case anywhere in the world that isn’t clear, then why not look at it again? I am in favor of that."
- Her husband, Javier Bardem, has previously spoken out in support of Allen, which Cruz seemed to tacitly acknowledge.
- "We have a collection of headlines saying this actor would work with him again, and this one said they wouldn’t—this doesn’t change anything," said Cruz, who also appeared in Allen’s 2012 comedy, To Rome with Love. "This doesn’t add anything good to the situation. We’re supposed to believe in justice, and this was looked at years ago, and it’s not clear. It should be looked at again, and then I can give an answer."