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Woody Allen Comments on Harvey Weinstein Allegations, Cautions Avoiding a Witch Hunt

October 15, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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The BBC recently spoke to acclaimed filmmaker, Woody Allen, who commented on the recent allegations of sexual assault and harassment currently being faced by producer Harvey Weinstein. Below are some highlights. In the past, Allen has faced allegations of sexual assault and molestation as well. He denied claims that he molested Dylan Farrow, the daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow, when she was seven years old. Rumors on the story first surfaced in 1993, but the story later resurfaced in an open letter from Farrow in 2014 that was published by The New York Times.

Allen on no one ever coming to him with stories about Weinstein: “No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness. And they wouldn’t, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumours all the time. And some turn out to be true and some – many – are just stories about this actress, or that actor.”

Allen on the situation being sad: “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

Woody Allen on not wanting the situation to lead to a witch hunt: “You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either. But sure, you hope that something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation.”