Woody Allen is speaking out following the ousting of Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual predator. While some may think that having one of the most successful writers, actors, and directors in Hollywood history on your side would be good, in this case, it is probably the last person that is needed for Weinstein’s defense.
In an interview with BBC, Allen said,
“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 rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some – many – are just stories about this actress, or that actor.”
Allen expressed that the entire situation is “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 himself has faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the years, with the most famous being that he molested his adopted step-daughter. He has since married the women in question, and has consistently denied the rumors.
It was Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, who initially broke the Weinstein story, which was turned down by NBC and later published by the New Yorker magazine.
Later in the interview, Allen states,
“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.”
The added remarks are being looked at with intense scrutiny. Why is Allen concerned about the situation turning into a “witch hunt”? Conspiracy theorists are abound to connect dots and claim that Allen is trying to protect himself and others in the business from being ousted.
Marykate Jasper wrote for TheMarySue.com,
“I’m sorry, but should worries about a “witch hunt” really be your primary, first-reaction response to this situation? Oh, gee, I hope this backlash against predators stops with Weinstein! It’d be awful if routine sexual harassment at the office were no longer acceptable! As with Allen’s “rumors” aside above, there is a time and a place to discuss the concrete details of how the industry wants to address future allegations. There are valid questions about how we balance the rights of the accused against the needs of the victims and the moral necessity of providing a safe workplace.”
To be fair, it wasn’t Allen’s first thought. His first thought was how sad the situation is and how badly he feels for the women who were abused by Weinstein. But, Allen still ought to know that anything HE says about sexual assault is going to be highly scrutinized.
Not sure Woody Allen's comments are helping Weinstein. pic.twitter.com/qVXSGn0bZo
— Tim Preuss (@Tim_Preuss) October 15, 2017