Allen says he should be #MeToo poster boy

Film-maker Woody Allen is frustrated that he is still linked to a 26-year-old molestation case, the charges of which he was cleared of.
Film-maker Woody Allen is frustrated that he is still linked to a 26-year-old molestation case, the charges of which he was cleared of. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BUENOS AIRES • American film-maker Woody Allen thinks it is "crazy" that he is still paying the price of an allegation that cropped up 26 years ago.

The 82-year-old said he was frustrated he was being bracketed with abusers exposed by the #MeToo movement over claims he molested his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992, when she was seven years old.

He was cleared of the charges, first levelled by his then wife, actress Mia Farrow, after two separate investigations.

"People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse, and I - who was accused by only one woman in a child custody case, which was looked at and proven to be untrue - I get lumped in with these people," Allen told Argentina's Canal 13 television network.

"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. He added that the women working in production in his films had all been paid the same as men.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'Allen says he should be #MeToo poster boy'. Print Edition | Subscribe