Woody Allen is speaking out after Scarlett Johansson defended him and his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, slammed him. Long story short, ScarJo came out swinging for Allen in The Hollywood Reporter, saying she loves him, would work with him “anytime” and believes his side of the story, and implying in the process that she does not believe Farrow’s claims that he molested her when she was a child. Allen has long denied the claims.
Farrow responded tersely on Twitter, saying the Johansson is a hypocrite for supporting the #MeToo movement, which urges followers to “always” believe alleged victims.
Now, Allen is speaking out. He is addressing the backlash he’s faced and why he should be a poster boy for #MeToo, instead of its whipping boy.
“I've worked with hundreds of actresses and not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint. I've worked with, employed women in the top capacity, in every capacity, for years and we've always paid them exactly the equal of men,” he says in an interview with France24. “I've done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve.”
His latest film, Rainy Day in New York, was shelved by Amazon in the U.S., but opened at the Deauville Film Festival in France Friday. Several stars, including Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who are featured in Rainy Day, have expressed regret over working with him in the past, and said they won't work with him again in the future.
Still, Allen believes there’s a chance it will be released in the U.S.: “To me the movie is being released all over the world,” he said. “If people enjoy the movie, I think it will eventually be released in the U.S.”
Either way, the 83-year-old says he’s fine: “I couldn't care less. I've never worked in Hollywood. I've always worked in New York and it doesn't matter to me for a second. If tomorrow nobody would finance my films and nobody would finance my theater plays or nobody would publish my books, I'd still get up and write because that's what I do. So I will always work. What happens to it commercially is another matter.”