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Director Woody Allen told the BBC on Saturday that the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein were “very sad for everybody involved.”
“Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up,” Allen said.
Allen’s comments regarding the director came the same day that Weinstein was ousted by the Motion Picture Academy.
Allen said he had never heard of any “horror stories” about Weinstein while working with him. Allen and Weinstein worked on several films together, including his Oscar-winning film “Mighty Aphrodite.”
“But you do hear a million fanciful rumours all the time. And some turn out to be true and some – many – are just stories about this actress, or that actor,” Allen said.
Allen later clarified in a statement to Variety that he meant he felt “sad” for Weinstein because Weinstein is a “sad, sick man.”
Allen continued to say that he didn’t think that the allegations against Weinstein should “lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere.”
Allen has faced his own sexual abuse accusations. Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged he abused her when she was seven years old, in an open-letter for the New York Times in 2014. Allen denied Farrow’s claims.
Dylan Farrow is also the sister of Ronan Farrow, who wrote the bombshell report published by The New Yorker that provided further insight into the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein.