- Javier Bardem defended Woody Allen from the backlash against him, saying Allen is getting a “public lynching.”
- Allen allegedly sexually assaulted Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old in 1992. He hasn’t been found guilty in court, but the charges have garnered renewed interest amid the #MeToo movement.
- Bardem’s comments sparked a backlash.
Javier Bardem condemned the backlash against Woody Allen, saying the director is undergoing a “public lynching” and that be happy to work with him again.
“I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving,” Bardem told an audience at the Lumiere Festival in France Tuesday. “And if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius.”
Dylan Farrow, an adopted daughter of Allen’s former girlfriend Mia Farrow, accused Allen of touching her inappropriately when she was seven years old. In the 1990s, it led to a long, painful fallout between Allen and the Farrow family that led to a judge rejecting Allen’s bids for custody an issuing a scathing rebuke of his behaviour, while ultimately deciding that evidence of sexual assault was inconclusive.
Now, in the #MeToo era, new attention is being paid to the allegations, and Allen’s career has suffered. Projects of his have stalled, actors have disavowed him, and he’s having more trouble than ever finding funding for projects.
Bardem and his wife, Penélope Cruz, worked with Allen on his 2008 film “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Bardem told the audience he hardly had any contact with Allen during the shoot, but he still defended him.
“At the time I did ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the US deemed he was not guilty,” Bardem said. “If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind.”
Bardem’s remarks sparked a backlash when they surfaced Friday.
…if Javier Bardem wants to cape for Woody Allen he’ll have to live with that. But stop using terms like “public lynching” and “witch hunt” to defend these privileged White men who keep getting opportunities!
— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) October 19, 2018
"if the legal situation ever changes, i'd change my mind"
it is wild to me how much TRUST people put in the judicial system https://t.co/037yB9tDZM
— 5'9 (@priya_ebooks) October 19, 2018
Agreed, life in prison would be the humane way to deal with him https://t.co/CMf57xaCUR
— John B (@johnb78) October 19, 2018
Time to update my "do not watch" list. https://t.co/grjW9U8RhC
— Emily Lind (@eflind) October 19, 2018
just replace him with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, no one would even notice https://t.co/x6mpDwCNJr
— violue (@violue) October 19, 2018
Although some of Allen’s defenders stood with him.
When defending the law and the reason is defending Woody Allen, not for being Woody Allen, but for the law and the reason.“If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind. But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching …"https://t.co/0195ADTgtZ
— Nadie (@Nadie_lo_dijo) October 19, 2018
“But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius.” BRAVO https://t.co/JTRkvU3a90
— Elvira van Oudtshoorn (@EvRvO123) October 19, 2018
Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. Now, that's a beautiful man. Honest, grateful and sane. Thanks, Javier Bardem. Gracias. pic.twitter.com/MTMHoCOCkL
— HCH (@HcreativamenteH) October 19, 2018
Bardem’s comments stand in contrast to a number of actors, including Natalie Portman, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet, who have publicly apologised for working with him and said they wouldn’t do it again.
Allen’s most recently completed movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” still doesn’t have a release date.
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