American filmmaker Woody Allen believes he should be the face of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.
The American director has recently weighed in on the #MeToo movement, backing the women who are speaking up against sexual harassment. He stated he would have been a "poster boy" for the cause if he hadn't been unfairly maligned.
"It is a good thing they are exposing them," Allen told Argentina's Canal 13 television network
The statement came in the midst of the prosecution of producer Harvey Weinsten for rape and assault. Even this raises another follow-up of renewed allegations that Allen molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992.
"I should be the poster boy of the MeToo movement. I've worked in movies for 50 years, I've worked with hundreds of actresses, and not a single one has ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all," he continued, "the women working in production in his films had all been paid the same as men."
The 82-year-old actor and director showed frustration over the allegations of molesting his seven-year-old adoptive daughter. After his then-wife Mia Farrow’s support, and two months of investigations, he was cleared of the charges.
"People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse, and I -- who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case, which was looked at and proven to be untrue -- I get lumped in with these people," Allen said.
"This is just so crazy. This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities, and everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue. And that was the end, and I've gone on with my life,” he added.
"And now, for it to come back now, it's a terrible thing to accuse a person of. I'm a man with a family and my own children. So, of course, it's upsetting."
Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released an essay last month, accusing his mother of abuse.
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