Woody Allen on Sexual Abuse Allegations: "I Have Moved So Far Past That"
Published May 12, 2016Yesterday, Ronan Farrow brought up the sexual abuse allegations against his father Woody Allen once again with an op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter. During a press conference at Cannes, journalists confronted Allen about the article.
As Vulture reports, Allen sat at a roundtable with journalists that included Vanity Fair's Julie Miller and Variety's Ramin Setoodeh, and they didn't let Allen get through the talk without bringing up Farrow's piece.
Miller asked him if he'd read Farrow's article, and he quickly replied, "I never read anything about me. Any of these interviews I do, anything. I said everything I had to say about that whole issue in the New York Times, I don't know if you read it, some time ago. I have moved so far past that. You know, I never think about it. I work, and that's the end of it for me. I said I was never gonna comment on it again because I could just go on endlessly."
Setoodeh asked Allen if he ever planned to read the article, and he insisted that he wasn't interested. "I never read what you say about me, or the reviews of my films," he said. "I made the decision 35 years ago to never read a review of my movies, never read an interview, never read anything. Because you could easily become obsessed with yourself ... I've been very productive over the years by not thinking about myself, and not obsessing over myself."
In his piece, Farrow criticized the way that Allen's publicist, Leslee Dart, has spun the media's perception of the director. Today, The Hollywood Reporter say Dart banned them from attending Allen's roundtable discussion as a punishment for publishing Farrow's piece.