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Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations

PTI | Updated on: 18 Oct 2018, 11:56:57 AM
Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations (File photo)

Los Angeles:

Javier Bardem says he does not approve of Woody Allen’s “public lynching” in the child sexual assault allegations that have resurfaced over the past years against the filmmaker. The 49-year-old actor, who worked with Allen in 2007’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona”, said he collaborate with the director in a heartbeat if he called him.

“At the time I did ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the US deemed he was not guilty.

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“If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind. But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius,” Bardem said.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor was speaking at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon Tuesday.

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Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with former wife Mia Farrow, accused the director of sexually abusing her in the early 1990s while she was a child.

She reiterated her claims in a 2014 New York Times op-ed and other articles.

The allegations caught steam in the wake of the #MeToo uprising.

Last month, Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn broke her decades-long silence over claims against her husband, calling them “unjust” and said that her adoptive mother Mia had “taken advantage of the #MeToo movement”.

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First Published : 18 Oct 2018, 11:56:46 AM