September 23, 2023

Woody Allen is again — premiering what he mentioned may very well be his final film on the Venice Movie Competition and giving a buzzy interview during which he as soon as once more denied allegations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7 and dismissed efforts to “cancel” him as “foolish.”

Within the interview with Selection, the 87-year-old auteur additionally made the case once more that he may very well be a “poster boy” for the #MeToo motion as a result of he’s at all times written nice roles for ladies — together with Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett — and since, he insists, he by no means acted inappropriately with any of the a whole lot of actresses and feminine crew members he has employed on his productions over the previous half century.

Woody Allen sits with Mariel Hemingway at Yankee Stadium in New York, throughout the World Sequence Oct. 13, 1978. 

However in his Selection interview, Allen appeared to have forgotten that Mariel Hemingway as soon as mentioned he tried to seduce her when she was 18, after she starred as his teenage lover in his 1979 movie “Manhattan.” Allen’s interview, as he premiered his new movie, “Coup de Probability,” additionally drew a rebuke from certainly one of his best-known feminine stars, Mira Sorvino.

Whereas Allen helped Sorvino win an Academy Award for her position in 1995’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” Sorvino on Sunday shared a hyperlink to an open letter she wrote to Farrow in 2018, expressing her help to Farrow for having “the braveness” to press her sexual abuse allegations in opposition to her father and apologizing to her for not taking these allegations significantly till lately.

Allen informed Selection that he had nothing new to say about Farrow’s allegations, which first emerged in 1992 amid his bitter and legally contentious breakup from his longtime associate, Mia Farrow, the mom of Dylan Farrow and journalist Ronan Farrow. Allen additionally was dismissive of Dylan taking part within the 2021 HBO docuseries, “Allen v. Farrow,” during which she went into element about her father’s alleged sexual abuse and his uncomfortable fixation on her when she was a younger lady.

“My response has at all times been the identical,” Allen informed Selection. “The scenario has been investigated by two folks, two main our bodies, not folks, however two main investigative our bodies. And each, after lengthy detailed investigations, concluded there was no advantage to those expenses. … There was nothing to it. The truth that it lingers on at all times makes me suppose that perhaps folks like the concept that it lingers on. You already know, perhaps there’s one thing interesting to folks.”

Allen, although, didn’t touch upon how the docuseries alleged that his relationship together with his spouse, Quickly-Yi Previn, who’s Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, started when Previn was nonetheless in highschool. Equally, neither Allen nor the Selection interview addressed how the sequence explored another excuse that Allen has in all probability been solid out of the Hollywood business: His romantic preoccupation with teenage ladies in his work, notably in “Manhattan.” Within the movie, as soon as thought of certainly one of Allen’s finest, his 42-year-old character dates a 17-year-old lady, performed by Hemingway.

Dylan Farrow sits down with "CBS This Morning" to talk about allegedly being sexually assaulted by Woody Allen in 1992. (CBS)
Dylan Farrow sits down with “CBS This Morning” to speak about allegedly being sexually assaulted by Woody Allen in 1992. (CBS) 

In Hemingway’s 2015 memoir, “Out Got here the Solar,” she defined how that preoccupation was actual, at the very least when it got here to her, based on Vainness Honest. She claimed that Allen tried to lure her to Paris as soon as she turned 18 — two years after she had filmed Manhattan.

“Our relationship was platonic, however I began to see that he had a type of crush on me, although I dismissed it because the type of factor that appeared to occur any time middle-aged males received round younger ladies,” Hemingway wrote in her ebook, based on Vainness Honest.