Woody Allen says he should be 'poster boy for the #MeToo movement'

Woody Allen says he should be the “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement given that he hasn’t been accused of sexual misconduct by any of the actresses with whom he’s worked over the years.

“I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement,” Allen said in an interview with Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos. “I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. But you know I, I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one —  big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.”

In the interview, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said that it “bothers” him that he gets “linked” to people like Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens and dozens of women.

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Director Woody Allen (2ndL) and cast members Blake Lively (L), Kristen Stewart (C), and Jesse Eisenberg (2ndR) and Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Director Woody Allen (C), cast members Emma Stone (L) and Parker Posey pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Irrational Man" out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Director Woody Allen (C), cast members Blake Lively (R) and Kristen Stewart pose during a photocall for the film "Cafe Society" out of competition, before the opening of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Director Woody Allen and cast members Penelope Cruz (2nd L), Greta Gerwig (L) and Alison Pill pose at the premiere of "To Rome with Love" during the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2012. The movie opens limitedly in the U.S. on June 22. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. film director Woody Allen (C) poses with actors Adrien Brody (L), Owen Wilson (2ndL), Rachel McAdams (2ndR) and Michael Sheen (R) as they arrive for the screening of their film "Midnight in Paris" and for the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 11, 2011. Twenty films compete at the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase with an impressive roll call of major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (R) arrives with cast member Lea Seydoux for the screening of "Midnight In Paris" and for the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 11, 2011. Twenty films compete at the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase with an impressive roll call of major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (L) and cast member Naomi Watts (R) arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "You will meet a tall dark stranger" at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. film director Woody Allen (C), Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (L) and actor Javier Bardem pose during a photocall to promote Allen's latest film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", in Barcelona September 20, 2008. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN)
Actress Scarlett Johansson, star of director Woody Allen's new film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", poses with Allen at the film's premiere in Los Angeles August 4, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
American actress Debra Messing (R) holds American director Woody Allen's head during a photocall for Allen's film "Hollywood Ending" at the 55th International Film Festival in Cannes, May 15, 2002. [Twenty-two films are in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the film jamboree on the French Riviera which begins today with the out of competition screening of "Hollywood Ending". ]
Director Woody Allen poses with Mariel Hemingway (L) and Kirstie Alley stars from the ensemble of his new film "Deconstructing Harry" in Los Angeles, December 5. The film about a Manhattan writer's creative and erotic life stars an ensemble cast including [Demi Moore, Billy Crystal, and Elisabeth Shue.]
CIRCA 1996: Actor Edward Norton and actress Drew Barrymore listens to director Woody Allen on the set of the Miramax movie 'Everyone Says I Love You' circa 19961. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: Woody Allen With Helena Bonham, Carter At 'Woody Allen' Performs With The New Orleans Jazz Band (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Don't Drink the Water - 1994: (L-R) Michael J. Fox, Mayim Bialik, Woody Allen on 'Don't Drink the Water' movie set. (Photo by Brian Hamill/ABC via Getty Images)
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“I think in any situation where anyone is accused of something unjustly, this is a sad thing. I think everybody would agree with that … Everyone wants justice to be done. If there is something like the #MeToo movement now, you root for them, you want them to bring to justice these terrible harassers, these people who do all these terrible things. And I think that’s a good thing,” Allen said.

“What bothers me is that I get linked in with them. People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse– and I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people,” he added.

The interviewer also asked whether Allen had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who has said she was sexually abused by her father on Aug. 4, 1992 in an attic when she was 7 years old.

Allen has denied all allegations, and he has never been charged. What happened between Allen and Dylan Farrow that afternoon has been in dispute for 25 years. Allen added he felt “distressed” about the allegations resurfacing in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

“Of course not, I mean this is just so crazy,” Allen said. “This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities and everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue. And that was the end and I’ve gone on with my life. For it to come back now, it’s a terrible thing to accuse a person of. I’m a man with a family and my own children. So of course it’s upsetting.”

Watch the interview here.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director Woody Allen speaks onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. 26658_002 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Honoree Diane Keaton (L) and Director-Actor Woody Allen onstage at American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Director Woody Allen and honoree Diane Keaton speak onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. 26658_002 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director-Actor Woody Allen (L) and Honoree Diane Keaton onstage at American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director-actor Woody Allen speaks onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. 26658_001 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director-Actor Woody Allen onstage at American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Woody Allen and Soon-Yi attend the premier of "Whatever Works" at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2009 in New York.
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 23: Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band perform at Royce Hall, UCLA on December 23, 2013 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn attend HUGO BOSS celebrates Columbus Circle BOSS flagship opening featuring premiere of "Anthropocene," by Marco Brambilla on September 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall,1977.
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