Since his estranged son broke the Harvey Weinstein story, the Woody Allen comments are especially interesting.
That Woody Allen comments on the sexual abuse perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein is surprising. From a PR standpoint, it would seem like a disastrous move—especially expressing his concern about a “witch hunt” in Hollywood. Woody Allen has been accused of child sexual abuse that has never been proven.
Because of his comments, the New York Times lays out the larger circle of the story:
- Woody Allen was accused of sexual abuse, though never prosecuted.
- Despite the damage to his reputation, Harvey Weinstein worked with Woody Allen to continue his film-making career.
- “Mr. Allen’s estranged son Rowan Farrow grew up, became a reporter, and exposed Weinstein as a sexual predator.
- Now, Woody Allen says he knew nothing of Weinstein’s sexual exploitation when he worked with him but he hopes the revelations don’t lead to a “witch hunt.”
The New York Times reports, “Woody Allen Warns of ‘Witch Hunt’ After Weinstein Allegations.”
In 1993, Mr. Allen was accused of sexually abusing his 7-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow. The fallout from the accusations, combined with a bitter custody battle with Mia Farrow, left Mr. Allen’s reputation badly damaged. However, Mr. Weinstein offered him a lifeline through his company Miramax Films, when he agreed to produce his 1994 film “Bullets Over Broadway.” “Shunned by Hollywood means nothing to Miramax,” Mr. Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times in a 1994 interview. “We’re talking about a comic genius.”
“Bullets Over Broadway” would go on to be nominated for seven Oscars, and Mr. Allen would make several more films for Miramax, including “Mighty Aphrodite” and “Everyone Says I Love You.” The actress Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite,” told Mr. Farrow that Mr. Weinstein sexually harassed her while they were promoting that movie at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1995.
Mr. Allen’s children, Dylan and Ronan Farrow, have continued to speak out against him.
From this story, at least two inferences can be made. First, Woody Allen has made a bad PR mistake. Second, Ronan Farrow has been playing a masterful long game. He has become the avenging angel of Hollywood victims, a better version of Batman than the “Buttman” poser.
Other media are trying to whitewash the associations and slime Donald Trump by association. Thus, this video:
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