Woody Allen cautions against over-reaction in wake of Harvey Weinstein storm

US director Woody Allen (left) and producer Harvey Weinstein arriving on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Premiere of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on Aug 4, 2008. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (NYTimes) - In an interview with the BBC published early on Sunday, director Woody Allen addressed the wave of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, calling it "tragic for the poor women" but also warning against a "witch hunt atmosphere".

The director and producer worked together on several films in the 1990s, and Allen denied knowledge about any misconduct.

"No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness," he said.

"And they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it.

"You are interested in making your movie."

However, Allen also cautioned about rushing to judgment.

"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."

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