PARIS (AP) — Woody Allen’s French movie distributor has defended the American director towards sexual abuse claims, saying he has been unfairly caught up within the fallout surrounding the #MeToo motion.
Writing within the French weekly Le Level, Mars Movies head Stephane Celerier dismissed the furor over renewed allegations by Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7. Celerier describes the accusation as a household drama caught within the crosshairs of the #MeToo motion amid fallout from the allegations of rape and sexual harassment towards Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
It’s “shameless opportunism,” Celerier mentioned of the contemporary assaults towards the director within the media that he mentioned “taint the dignity of actual victims.”
Celerier’s firm is behind the distribution of Allen’s newest film “Surprise Wheel,” starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, which opened in French cinemas this week to lukewarm ticket gross sales.
His protection of Allen is the most recent chapter in an rising narrative in France, significantly in its movie business, that the Hollywood anti-abuse marketing campaign has gone too far.
Farrow in January gave her first on-camera interview to “CBS This Morning” about her longstanding abuse allegations towards the 82-year-old filmmaker. Allen has lengthy denied the allegations and was investigated however not charged.
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Because the Weinstein allegations, France — the nation synonymous with love — has been stumbling because it addresses the problem of sexual harassment and violence towards ladies.
Final month, French actress Catherine Deneuve set the feminist world ablaze by co-signing a letter accusing the post-Weinstein groundswell of allegations of being puritanical.
In November, France’s famed movie institute La Cinematheque Francaise went forward with a retrospective of works by director Roman Polanski regardless of opposition by feminist teams. The institute mentioned its position was to not moralize. The Polish-born director within the 1970s pleaded responsible to having intercourse within the U.S. with a 13-year-old woman whom he plied with champagne and Quaaludes.
Polanski, who lives in France, and Allen proceed to be extremely revered by the French public. Polanski was honored final 12 months as president of the Cesar awards, France’s reply to the Oscars.