Alec Baldwin Defends Woody Allen, Says Backlash Is "Unfair and Sad"
In a series of tweets via the Alec Baldwin Foundation, the actor noted the renunciation of Allen and his work "has some purpose," but also called the wave of public denouncements "unfair and sad" given that the sexual abuse allegations against him were never proven in court.
Baldwin went on to detail his own experience working with the director, saying that the three times they worked together were "privileges of my career."
Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it's unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 16, 2018
Baldwin later added he believes that it is possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual abuse, while also believing that Allen in innocent.
Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent?— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 16, 2018
I think so.
The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing ppl of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.
Allen was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was just seven years old. He also infamously had an affair with and later married his adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post gained access to Allen's 57-year-old personal archive, which revealed a disturbing fascination with young girls.
Farrow's brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, has long denounced Hollywood's apologetic stance towards the filmmaker. He was also one of the reporters who exposed the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
A number of Allen collaborators have spoken out against their previous work with the director in recent months. Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page both expressed regret for starring in To Rome with Love, while co-stars Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall have pledged to donate their earnings from Allen's upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York to Time's Up and other charities.