Woody Allen Says He Has ‘Done Everything That the #MeToo Movement Would Love to Achieve’

Heywood Allen. Photo: Unanue Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images

Woody Allen is coming to his own defense regarding Scarlett Johansson’s recent upheaval of the sexual-molestation allegations his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has made against him. He reiterated that he is the “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement, since he does the bare minimum and employs women in his films. He also discussed whether his latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York, will come out in the United States. “I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses, [and] not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint,” he reasoned in an interview with France 24. “I’ve worked with, employed women in the top capacity, in every capacity, for years, and we’ve always paid them exactly the equal of men. I’ve done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve.”

A Rainy Day in New York is screening at the Deauville Film Festival in France this Friday, although neither Allen nor the cast will be in attendance. It is set for a European release after Amazon returned the rights to distribute it in the United States. Cast members Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, and Rebecca Hall donated their salaries from the film. Being ostracized doesn’t concern Allen, though. “To me, the movie is being released all over the world,” he said. “If people enjoy the movie, I think it will eventually be released in the U.S. His next film, a romantic comedy starring Christoph Waltz, Louis Garrel, and Gina Gershon, just wrapped filming in Spain, and Allen says he is working on another script. The 83-year-old said, no matter what, he “will always work.”

Woody Allen Still Thinks He’s the #MeToo ‘Poster Boy’