Over the weekend, Woody Allen called the scandal hovering over Harvey Weinstein "very sad for everybody involved." Allen's comments come in the aftermath of recent allegations aimed at the movie mogul Weinstein, who is accused of numerous accounts of sexual assault and rape.
Allen's comments came in an interview with BBC. When asked about his thoughts, he expressed that he thought the situation was tragic.
According to Allen, the situation is "tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up."
He then told BBC that he had previously heard rumors about Weinstein, which apparently had swirled around the industry for numerous decades. But he wasn't aware of the more serious accusations, and he likely wasn't aware of who or how many women were alleged victims.
In his interview, he remarked that he hopes women will use their voices to speak up about instances where they have suffered from assault. But, at the same time, he added that he doesn't want to have a "witch hunt atmosphere" where "every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself."
"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 said, according to CNN.
CNN further notes that it was Allen's son, Ronan Farrow, who played a major role in breaking the news about Weinstein's alleged behavior. In what CNN calls a "bombshell" story, first published in the New Yorker on October 10, Farrow documented three alleged rapes committed by Weinstein, along with several other instances of assault and sexual harassment.
Since the story has been published, Weinstein has been ousted from his company and ostracized from Hollywood.
Both Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein have worked together in the past. During the 1990s, the two worked together on several films. But despite knowing him personally, Allen denied having knowledge of any misconduct, stating that "nobody ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness."
He then added, "And they wouldn't because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie."
Woody Allen faced his own separate sexual assault allegations from his adopted daughter. This allegation came in 1993 after he was accused of sexually abusing his 7-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow. The fallout from the accusations combined with a heated custody battle with his ex-wife left Allen's reputation damaged.
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