Woody Allen worries that the Weinstein situation could be a ‘witch-hunt atmosphere’

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein mess, another powerful man was taken down: the president of Amazon Studios Roy Price. Price produced film and TV projects for years, and just last week, a female producer named Isa Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter that Price repeatedly propositioned her in a taxi, while another male executive was sitting right there. Price repeatedly told Hackett, “You will love my dick,” which is… some kind of come-on line, eh? He also came up to her at a party and loudly declared “Anal sex!” into her ear. Such a charmer! These incidents of sexual harassment happened in 2015, and Hackett reported them immediately to Amazon honchos. They made some noise about “investigating,” but nothing was done until last week, when Hackett went public with her story, and then Amazon suspended Price.

Anyway, that’s all to say that the current releases from Amazon Studios are trying to NOT make much noise. The new Amazon Studios film Wonder Wheel was supposed to get a splashy premiere at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, but it was canceled in favor of a quieter screening with less press. Note: Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen’s new movie. Woody Allen’s new movie had its premiere canceled because of SOMEONE ELSE’S sexual misconduct. All of which to say… Woody Allen made a statement about Harvey Weinstein. And it’s just as ridiculous as you would expect. At least Woody didn’t resort to the “I have daughters” trope, probably because he doesn’t want to remind people that he married his sort-of daughter. Woody said:

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

“You don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either. But sure, you hope that something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation.”

Allen worked with Weinstein on a number of films but claimed he had never heard any of the allegations of sexual assault.

“No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness,” Allen said. “And they wouldn’t, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some — many — are just stories about this actress, or that actor.”

[From Variety]

OMFG. So much to unpack here. “You don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.” He’s really saying that we should be suspicious of victims of sexual assault and harassment because it could just all be a “witchhunt.” He’s going there. His real worry is that there will suddenly be a rash of false accusations, rather than an outpouring of statements from genuine victims. His real worry is that men won’t be able to continue on as they always have, harassing and abusing women in the workplace like always. WHAT ABOUT THE MEN, asks Woody. And this too: “No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness.” As in, people came to him with Weinstein horror stories and he didn’t take them seriously. That’s the translation.

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  1. frisbee says:

    SHUT UP, JUST SHUT THE EFFING HELL UP YOU APPALLING LITTLE MAN. Nobody wants to hear this whining, self serving wanker trying to cover his own arse by deflecting from his own shit behaviour – do they seriously? ( I
    I have to stop reading these posts for the sake of my sanity, blood pressure, impotent rage)

  2. Giulia says:

    Yet he’s perfectly happy with women being sexually assaulted or raped. Nice guy.

    • denisemich says:

      His actual statement here sounds much better than it did on Daily mail yesterday.

      Regardless, Woody Allen is a selfish, sexist, racist, ass.

      He basically overlooked whatever he heard about Weinstein because he was paid for his shitty movies.

      parts of his statement echo Damon, Streep and Close. If you are really interested in making great movies, you’d think you’d be more cognizant of actual people and relationships.

      I wonder if Meryl is actually a great actress or Weinstein just convinced us all over the last 30 yrs.

      • Urs says:

        @ denisemitch I think Meryl Streep sucks the life out of everything she’s in.

      • Lensblury says:

        @urs +1. Never liked her in anything.

      • BabyJane says:

        Not even Death Becomes Her?!?!

      • Cranberry says:

        “I wonder if Meryl is actually a great actress or Weinstein just convinced us all over the last 30 yrs. ”

        Careful, remarks like this will give Woody Allen’s witch hunt comment validity.
        Perhaps over the past 10-15 years Streep has been overly promoted and awarded. She’s nominated for everything she does and 9x of 10 she wins. I agree that smells like the Weinstein machine at work.
        Still, over awarded or not, Streep is an incredible actress which can be seen going back to her earliest films like Silkwood and Sophie’s Choice way before Weinstein was on the scene in HW. Part of why she’s been over awarded in the second half of her career is because she was overlooked by the academy for her phenomenal performances in her early work. If ever an ingenue as leading lady should have won an Oscar, it would have been Streep. As opposed to what we see now with JLaw or in the past with Julia Robert’s first time out getting supporting role Oscar. Not that JLaw and Roberts aren’t decent actresses, but they’ve never come near Streep’s capabilities.
        I appreciate what Weinstein has done for Streep and Judy Dench as “aging” actresses in HW. But again Weinstein and Co., only stick with the sure bet and then over promotes her for every $ they can get. They never go out on a limp to promote women that aren’t obviously marketable (JLaw) or haven’t already established her worth like Streep.

    • Enough Already says:

      Streep was beyond brilliant in Doubt.

  3. Ayala says:

    “As the husband of a daughter..”

  4. Feedmechips says:

    I liked the part about not being “interested in it.” There are certainly no safe spaces anywhere near this guy.

  5. Sixer says:

    Told you! All these fuckers are looking in the mirror when they’re talking. Julian Assange was doing the same thing about HRC on the Twatter earlier – in describing her, he was just looking in the mirror and describing himself.

    Once you realise this, you can’t unrealise it. It’s grimly funny, really.

  6. Mermaid says:

    Both Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein should be in jail. I’m happy it was Ronan Farrow who wrote the expose on Weinstein. It’s horrible he is still making movies.

  7. Clare says:

    Who is surprised by this?

    Also – all those actors who have been indignant against Weinstein (as they should be), but continue to work with an praise this POS – where are they now?

    Kate winslet?? Hello????? Cate Blanchett? Endless list.

    • Div says:

      I feel the anger towards the actors and the actresses but the people who truly enable Woody to keep working are the high profile talent agencies like CAA (who also enabled Harvey), producers, and studios like Amazon. I’d love for someone to confront the person in charge of Amazon’s studios over Woody.

      If places like Amazon or SPC stopped buying, funding, and/or distributing his films his career would be over in a heartbeat….but I suspect most entertainment journalists are too chicken to go up against the Harvey style power players so they’ll continue to mention people who work with him like Selena Gomez so they’ll get web traffic for their articles and still get “exclusives” to do on set interviews for the studios other projects.

      • Cbould says:

        Div, what a good point. I’m cancelling my Amazon prime.

      • Lillly says:

        Seth Rogen said in an interview that these people should be shunned. What other industry would excuse child rape because the perpetrator is thought to be a great artist? In any other industry, people would flee from that person….not continue to collaborate him! Some people on the petition to pardon Polanski were victims of Weinstein. They are still victims who derserve our empathy but they should show empathy for others. Women need to stand up for each other and we especially need to protect the most vulnerable among us.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Not at all surprised that this is his knee-jerk reaction, but I am surprised that he aired it publicly. Does he really think a statement like this will make him seem any less suspect? It does the opposite.

    • imqrious2 says:

      Check out John Oliver’s piece on this Academy (aka shitshow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPqko6Q0lpE

      As JO says, what does it matter if they kick HW out, they still have Gibson, Cosby, Allen, Polanski, Afflecks (both bros), etc., ad nauseum…

      It’s just lip-service with all the furor. Sadly, this will die down and it will be business as usual.

  8. Lexter says:

    Yeah you WOULD be worried about mass revelations of sexual harassment and assault in HW. Can’t hide in the shadows forever

  9. Talie says:

    I don’t even know why stars bother signing up for his movies anymore…it’s too much trouble. Every time he has a movie out, these allegations flare up. I mean, are Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning going to have good answers for these questions next year?

    • AnnaKist says:

      “Mr Allen has only ever treated me with the utmost respect. There’s no denying he’s a genius filmmaker, and every actress wants to express herself through a brilliant part. That’s real art.”

      Ugh.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Until she defends him or discredits his victims, I’ll judge Elle Fanning a little less harshly than the rest for it because she’s only 19. The issue of how far a person needs to go in distancing themselves from people who do horrible things- where the line should and shouldn’t be drawn, where there are shades of gray- is complex. A person’s answers at 18 or 19 might change later on. But she should at least have people advising her on this.

  10. Nicole says:

    First off all witch hunts were led by men.
    Second of all STFU you stupid abuser.
    This is why the Academy kicking Weinstein our was completely pointless. You still have this idiot, Polanski and countless others as a member and getting awards and praise.

    Also why I don’t believe the “I didn’t know stories”. Ridiculous

  11. Mia4s says:

    The witch hunt comment is dumb, but this…

    “And they wouldn’t, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time.”

    That’s about the most truthful statement on how most men in Hollywood viewed this that I’ve heard. He’s the only one who said it aloud but I’m sorry, this is exactly what was going on with 90% of them.

    • Div says:

      It is very telling as it suggests that some actresses did go to him for some reason (I don’t blame the victims but it’s like of all the people to confide in…freaking Woody!!!!) and he just didn’t take it seriously….or he heard the rumors over the years and dismissed them. Sad thing is I think you are right in that 95% of the powerful male Hollywood figures have the same exact viewpoint as Woody.

    • Sasha says:

      I especially loved, “fanciful”. What would we expect from a man who was a father figure to his ‘wife’ since she was 8 years old, took naked pictures of her at 17, who was also the daughter of his significant other of 13 or more years.
      It makes me disgusted to just look at that ugly face.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      “because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie”

      For Weinstein and Polanski, there is no separating the two. Making the movie IS linked to their crimes, because they USED THEIR POSITIONS IN THE INDUSTRY to commit the crimes. Every person who defends them, like Allen, is also complicit. I wish every person in Hollywood who supported and abetted these criminals could be sued or jailed themselves. Seriously. That’s how much I despise these men.

  12. SM says:

    Oh finally, someone to think about poor Harvey and his feelings. Isn’t Woody just fantastic? I hope all those celebrities always japping about how genious Woody is do not forget that he also is the first in line to deffend something they all are so appauled and outgared by they had to release their own statements on it. Not to mention doing the same thing himself.
    And I think this concern is definitelly coming from a place of fear. Because his perverse ass is next in line

  13. Purplehazeforever says:

    He never took it seriously because he knows he’s depraved himself. If you take him at his at his word that he never molested his daughter (and I don’t) he still groomed Mia’s adopted daughter to be his partner…that’s sick. I don’t want to hear his proclamations he didn’t have a relationship with her. She was his partner’s daughter. He preyed on a much younger woman. It’s gross on so many levels. Luckily I never thought much of him as a director so it’s no loss for me to not watch his movies.

    • Ira says:

      I don’t. I also never enjoy his movies, except Annie Hall. But, I agree with him in this.

    • crazydaisy says:

      I just read the NYT piece and hopped right over here. Lots to unpack for sure! One thing I’ve been thinking about is this: When it comes to dating and courtship, most women expect or enjoy it when the guy makes the first move, shows his interest, asks for your number, calls first, etc, etc. And many (most?) guys are horny, immature idiots who think whispering “anal sex” in your ear is a turn on. Whereas another might just *wink* at you in the office and make you smile. Or puke. This is one place Pedo Woody the Grotesque has a point. It’s about drawing a line which is going to be personal and contextual.

      I believe girls need to be taught specific words to deal with jerky boys. We need to know how to speak up, not worry about “hurting the guy’s feelings”. We need to feel confident enough to look an a-hole in the eye and say : “STOP. When you speak to me like that, I want nothing to do with you. Not interested.”

      It will take education and practice. Of course we need to educate boys and men, too, WE REALLY DO. But I don’t suggest waiting around for them to catch on. (Meanwhile, Weinstein -not to mention the Woodster- should be jailed.)

      Here’s an analogy – you’re riding your bike on the street and ahead of you, a car parks on the side of the road. You have the right of way, but are you going to count on the driver looking behind for a cyclist before she opens the door? Who will get hurt if the driver doesn’t look and see you coming? Better to wait and make sure they see you – slow down, give a wide berth – whatever you need to do to protect yourself. Or it’s you in the hospital. Even if you can sue the driver for a million dollars, you still have the broken bones. Which is why they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

      BELIEVE the victim and PREVENT more victims is my point here. #empowerment

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I have a better idea: how about teaching boys NOT to fucking harass and assault women— instead of teaching girls that it is up to them to direct men (and that if they can’t, of course the harassment and the escalation is thus really their fault).

        Women DO say no. They do stand up for themselves. And the abuse continues because men do not take this seriously.

        This is NOT about how women behave or react. Perpetuating this idea is all a part of perpetuating rape culture.

      • Sixer says:

        I concur. We need to be teaching boys, not girls.

        I read a brilliant article earlier contrasting the reporting of terrorism and the reporting of rape. For the former – WE WON’T LET IT CHANGE US! For the latter – WOMEN, CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR!

        (I keep taking liberties by posting links hereabouts so I won’t this time, but if anyone wants to read the article, shout out and I will.)

      • frisbee says:

        @ Miss J, 1000 times plus this, holding girls and women ultimately responsible for male behaviour is just perpetuating the bloody issue.
        @ Sixer, never stop posting your links, I don’t have time to find all this stuff and I depend on you to direct me to it!

      • Cbould says:

        Your links are great, I’d love to read that piece, sixer.

      • Enough Already says:

        Why are we piling on crazydaisy? What she said made absolute perfect sense. She clearly acknowledged that men and boys are responsible and need to be taught but in the meantime we do need to teach girls how to live in a world where they are likely to be victimized. We don’t live in a perfect world. Should I not teach my nieces about their own agency and rights while I wait for men to get it? Should I not teach them that they don’t owe anyone anything if they feel they are being violated? The op was not absolving men of blame or saying that it’s all up to women to do the heavy lifting. As a woc my sister has to teach her son about the realities of being a black man in America. Should people be vile racists? Of course not but my sister can’t afford for white America to do better – she has to teach her son how to survive *now*.

      • xena says:

        I lost count how many times I looked straight into a boys or mans face and said stop it, now, I do not like this sort of behaviour and they just laughed it off ….

        Coincidence, a few weeks ago I spend time with a men who was in the beginning nice friendly and just my neighbour (I made clear from the get go, that I wasn’t interested in him) who would casually come up with horrible comments about me and other women, outfits that weren’t sexy enough for him, me not owning strings etc. … I told him several times: women are not your possession, we do not have to dress to please your eyes, we do not have to accept to be checked out etc. He didn’t stop. He was not able to.
        What started as a nice neighbourhood friendship turned within weeks into a really scary and offputting situation for me. We do not talk to each other anymore and last night when he was in a drunken rage, I got a warning from another neighbour to hide myself. So I am still scared to a certain extent but I also know that calling the police won’t really help me at this point.
        It is not about me not having said no.

      • Cbould says:

        sixer, thanks for link. Great read.

        “So what if a rape was reported like terrorism?

        ‘This is the 6 o’clock news. First, this breaking story. This week thousands of innocent women were brutally raped and abused all over the UK. Women who were just going about their day, going to work, looking after their children, exercising and sleeping in their beds – all targeted and attacked. The PM Theresa May has given a statement today committing millions of pounds in resources to stop the abuse and murder of women at the hands of men and has convened an emergency meeting with top officials to understand what went wrong. She finished her speech by saying that women must be able to go about their daily lives without fear of violence and death. Women should not have to change the way they live to stay safe.’ ”

        If only…

      • Enough Already says:

        xena
        “It’s not about me having said no.”
        That’s true but that’s what crazydaisy is getting at. Despite your neighbor’s behavior you spoke up and spoke out about your boundaries and your expectations. Somewhere, at some point, someone taught you how to do that, or at the least did not teach you to unlearn it so you could be considered more of a “lady” and that is AWESOME! Crazydaisy is saying we have to teach girls that they matter and they damn well don’t need permission to be assertive and protect themselves. Because this is a messed up world this will not always be enough to protect us as women – but many times it will at least give us time to put up a perimeter of defense and if the aggressor is unwilling to engage further it could even save us from an assault. For example, we can all agree that any building caught neglecting city fire code regulations should face severe fines and penalties but that would never prevent us from teaching our children stop/drop/roll, to learn where the exits are, to never play with fire, To pay attention during fire drills etc. Similarly, this isn’t about female behavior regulating or changing male behavior. This is all about female behavior at least having a prayer of influencing outcomes.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      It’s not just “jerky boys” who do these things. It’s not just a few bad apples. We need to teach boys and men NOW. And girls and women ARE taught to fear boys and men from a young age, which is just so sad and pathetic. Generation after generation of frightened women, with mothers passing down their fears to daughters. Girls and women DO say no to boys and fight back, but boys and men use force, intimidation, violence and a tolerant social system to get their way. We’re always “waiting for the culture to change.”

      • crazydaisy says:

        I have 2 sons who were taught well because obvi we need to teach boys, at home and in school. My one requirement for sending them to college was that they take a Women’s Studies class.., both are in their 20s now, awesome, caring, respectful human beings.

        @ Enough Already who got my message, thanks for trying to help explain…I love the fire code analogy. Exactly.

        When I was a girl my dad puzzled me by saying “I’m going to have to beat them off with a stick” in reference to all my potential suitors. But where was he when my “friend” started touching me and I froze? I had no preparation, no words. #MeToo

        imo Rapists and pedophiles should serve Mandatory minimums, for starters. I personally believe in castration for sex offenders. And girls need to be prepared, not protected, not afraid. Prepared and empowered with words and action plans.

    • Fresh says:

      @ Shak
      What do you love about him? I’m not asking to incite drama in the comments, I am genuinely curious, because I don’t see anything likeable about the man… obviously I have never met him personally, but you can’t deny that some of his life choices have been questionable at best, or downright creepy/sick at worst!

  14. Parks and Rec says:

    He’s completely wrong and missing the point. It’s usually the victims who consistently have a hard time being believed.

    When Ambra Gutierrez came forward with her assault along with a police recording of her confronting Weinstein, she was the one who became a target of a witch hunt. Weinstein predatory behavior was brought to light years ago and everyone went after Gutierrez, THE VICTIM. We all knew about Weinstein in the industry. Ambra was trying to take him down and she ended up being punished. Allen totally missed that part.

    This has nothing to do with flirting at the office. This is a case of abuse and sexual battery by an individual with a great deal of power. Gawd I hate Woody Allen.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Exactly. It’s doubly nauseating to hear this coming from Woody Allen (because we know what his motives are). But I’m getting tired of all the men who are framing this Harvey Weinstein situation as some ‘anti-male witch hunt’ when, if anything, Weinstein’s behavior has been turned into a disturbingly MISOGYNIST witch-hunt- both against his victims and against other women who are being accused of being his complicit ‘sex slaves.’

  15. hallie says:

    cameron russell is a model (who’s also done a ted talk) who’s been talking about her own issues with sexual harassment in that industry. she’s posted dozens of accounts sent to her from others on her instagram. sounds like maybe it should be a witch hunt just to get the sh!t under control.

  16. Tana says:

    This is his fear talking. He probably has other victims out there and is terrified that they will see these women’s bravery in telling their stories and come forward.

    He got away with Dylan’s abuse, because she was too fragile to testify. His wife/ daughter has never confirmed when it started, no one knows her accurate age, so got away with that as well. Probably scared that 3rd time, he won’t be as ‘lucky’.

    Manipulative SOB – always looking out for number 1.

  17. aquarius64 says:

    Woody is afraid that Hollywood will come after HIM.

    • kibbles says:

      Yep. He’s afraid that he will be next. Until now powerful sexual predators like Allen and Weinstein have been able to have successful careers in Hollywood. Now that Weinstein has been taken down, Allen and other sexual predators are probably lawyering up quivering in fear, hoping that they won’t be the next person whose sexual crimes will be exposed.

  18. Agent Fang says:

    ‘Note: Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen’s new movie. Woody Allen’s new movie had its premiere canceled because of SOMEONE ELSE’S sexual misconduct’

    Listening to Allen field questions about Weinstein’s sexual assaults at his movie premiere would’ve been……I don’t even know what that would’ve been.

  19. Nancy says:

    Simply mind blowing…….the elfish curmudgeon who rarely speaks out comes to the dark side at team evil. Hardly a witch hunt. He is guilty as charged. They both are terrible people who took advantage of fear and their power to literally destroy lives. They are both despicable and there is only one male who is as bad or worse…….I will give you 45 guess who it is.

  20. ell says:

    when is karma gonna get to this horrible man?

  21. detritus says:

    We all know a man who has had his life ruined over a false accused wink. Right?
    Right?!
    Crickets.

    Stone and Allen, both jump to victim blaming and dismissive language immediately. Weird. Can’t think of a reason it would benefit them to do so….

    The issue is that for so long people saw statements like theirs and thought,‘ oh how reasonable, good job dear sir for elaborating on such a tricky subject.’

    I hope this is a wake up call to those people.

  22. Snagged this off Twitter because it’s so damn true:

    “I just don’t want there to be a witch hunt.” says known witch Woody Allen.

  23. Chef Grace says:

    I have to laugh at the idea Woody is next.
    Wankerstein was the sacrifice so the other pervs can go on perving.

    • Mia4s says:

      See now my concern is that we seem to be doing the same old same old. Scream and rave in fury about Allen, fine, but I’m old enough to remember round one. One accusation, investigated, no charges, then nothing for decades? Without further accusers nothing more is going to come of it. That’s the reality of it. And while we are working our way through Allen flare up part 5000, we are not bringing new names to light. When actresses talk about “the others”? It’s not Allen. It’s not. That’s why they defend him and part of why they work with him. Everyone must have figured that out by now right? So be angry at Allen, but don’t lose focus. I mean, why is Oliver Stone’s name already off the front page? Why are we not finding out who at CAA blacklisted Courtney Love for speaking out and who sent Paltrow to Weinstein’s hotel room? I can’t help but feel that those folks are in the background going “yeah that’s Allen guy’s a creep right? Look over there.”.

      • Bettyrose says:

        MIA, Read his words. Women to Allen are just hysterical obstacles to be dealt with. You’re right that other than raping one daughter and marrying another, and making a career on films about older men seducing barely legal girls, there may be no evidence of him behaving like HW. But deargawd let us hate this man in our own way.

      • Mia4s says:

        Hate? Fine, great. But don’t get distracted. The men in power who are doing the harassing, assaulting, and ruining of careers, of actresses? Their names are yet to come. If it was Allen everyone could just say “I knew it”….but it won’t be. That’s why I don’t want Allen’s name stuck on the front page so others can slip quietly away. In much the same way I don’t want it forgotten that just because Harvey’s going to hell it doesn’t mean the systematic Hollywood abuses have been addressed…but look Woody Allen said something, look over there everyone! This feels calculated.

      • bettyrose says:

        Yeah, that’s fair, but having grown up around his fans and apologists, I truly despise this man on a personal level.

  24. Hype says:

    Perverts of the world unite as 1, defend yourself against “witch hunt ” or as others would call it justice.

  25. damejudi says:

    “…where every guy in an office who winks at a woman has to call a lawyer…”

    1) Who is winking at women in the office? It is 2017, not some 1950s time-warp version of “office life” where everyone laughs at the secretary being harassed at her desk by the boss/big client.

    2) HW was not “winking at women.” No victim is complaining about anything as benign as that.

    3) This is why #metoo will take off, because these harassing predators have such a disturbed mind-set they cannot see how out of step they are with normal behavior.

    4) WA needs to not comment-at all.

  26. Sarah says:

    Birds of a feather! They are all shitting themselves at this time & have their lawyers & publicists on call. Take all these monsters down once and for all.

  27. adastraperaspera says:

    It’s no accident that Ronan Farrow is involved in this. He’s on a mission. His New Yorker story is raising awareness, but should also lead to charges against HW. Ronan has a personal stake in bringing down abusers and pedophiles, after what Woody Allen did to the young girls in his own family. I’m sure he intends for this HW expose to bleed over into new, serious questions about what Allen has been allowed to get away with. I don’t think he’ll rest until Allen is ruined. Soldier on, Ronan!

    • I really think the next person Ronan should be talking to is Corey Feldman.

      • adastraperaspera says:

        Agreed! But I tend to think Corey is funded by one of these kinds of guys, on the condition that he won’t name names. Sad situation.

      • I don’t know that Corey has funded by one of these guys but I do think he’s been threatened by them.

        If you want to make yourself sick watch his interview with Barbara Walters… I think that completely sums up his experience when he’s tried to speak out.

      • AmyB says:

        I thought the same thing. Corey Feldman went on a press tour for his book and talked relentlessly about pedophilia and sexual abuse in Hollywood, but never named names. Wonder if Weinstein was one he was referring to? I always thought Charlie Sheen was also one who abused his friend Corey Haim (who committed suicide). Kudos to Ronan Farrow for helping to expose what POS Weinstein really was!!!!

      • JG says:

        I have long thought David Geffen has been an abuser of young men/actors.

      • noway says:

        Ugh!!! Some of you are inadvertently making one of his points about a witch hunt correct by naming random people David Geffen and Charlie Sheen without being a victim of those two men or having knowledge from a victim. Random people who have not had contact with these men just accusing them of a crime based on their public image is a witch hunt. These kind of accusations hurt the victims. If you aren’t a victim or don’t know from someone who is, we really shouldn’t do this even as a commentator on gossip sites. This is too important!!!

      • Noway: David Geffen is faarrrrr from random and much like Harvey he’s been the center of his own rumors for years and they are NOT good. It’s not a witch hunt, his name coming up isn’t just randomly selected See: Bryan Singer, the DEN (a ‘company’ Geffen himself invested in) Marc Collins-Rector.

        And you can definitely say they’re just rumors etc but I will say this; they were also just rumors and stories about Weinstein…until they weren’t.

    • AmyB says:

      I agree with you Wind Whistler: I mentioned Charlie Sheen b/c he is a known piece of garbage, and has been known to assault his wives, prostitutes, shot Kelly Preston (his gf at that time) and Denise Richards left him b/c she uncovered his taste for child porn (and his love of porn and prostitutes and cheating in general — and then there is his drug/alcohol problems on top it)……his name is not a rumor it is a well known fact that he is an abuser. Very good point about Weinstein……this was an open secret in Hollywood and it all turned out to be true!!!

  28. lara says:

    Witchhunt? Like killing mostly women for an invented crime?
    Does he really believes, that dozens of women in Hollywood came together to invent the assaults?

  29. jferber says:

    I hate and despise this man.

  30. MousyB says:

    Harvey was instrumental and Woody getting his career back so yeah birds of a feather. Now that Harvey is down I think Woody knows his days are numbered.

  31. Joana Almeida says:

    I believe that he have a point .however he could explain better plus he is not ter best example.But if was other person saying propably we all accept the point of view .
    Tive problem of this argument is that only talking about men and generaly the percent of histories are from nem.
    Women needed to be incluid

  32. Samantha says:

    What upsets me more than WA’s statement is that his concern is shared by many. Whenever sexual harassment/assault is discussed I see so many online comments (by men in particular) expressing worry about similar sentiments: witch hunt, “not being able to wink at colleagues”, false accusations, etc.
    Is it not possible to discuss/find solutions for a serious, rampant problem without going to the very extreme on the other side? This kind of “worrying” about extremism could literally be applied to any other discussion as well. Why should it be the hightlight and focus when it completely pales in comparison to the actual problem.

    • Erica_V says:

      This infuriates me because that is actually a form of workplace sexual harassment and he so causally throws it out there as if it’s no big deal. Are you really lamenting the end of an era where guys can’t comfortably continue their inappropriate behavior without fear of consequences anymore?!?!?!? Poor things!!

      You can instantly tell what kind of man you’re dealing with based on their responses to the HW story.

  33. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Since it’s now a ‘which hunt,’ I’d like to revert to 15th and 16th century tactics and give these criminals a proper history lesson. Our millenia of abuse should be shared with hands-on lessons. I’m pretty angry lol.

  34. Nina says:

    “As a witch myself, I hope that this doesn’t inspire a witch hunt.”

  35. Tess says:

    Goodness gracious, women AND men aren’t coming forward because dudes “winked at” them you perv! Its about genitals being grabbed, being forced to engage in sexual contact even after refusing and resisting, having to repeatedly and continuously endure sexual banter even after trying to maintain professionalism and changing the subject, and then being threatened in regards to their job. And guess what, it all starts with having to endure a “wink” that you don’t like or that you feel threatened by! Really, why do men think that everyone should be flattered by their attention?!?

    • noway says:

      Let’s ignore these comments are coming from Woody Allen, because he should be scared. I still think some of these arguments could come from Joe Schmoe too. We need to change our culture, but until it is better and just in case, we need avenues for women and men when they feel they are being sexually harassed or intimidated. A wink doesn’t make me want the person fired, but it may make me want someone to tell them their actions are inappropriate, and not just me because I shouldn’t have to be alone in dealing with it in the workplace. Also, I kind of think wink is a synonym for severe oggling to a lot of men, as a dog was a synonym for full out abuser to some.

      I wish we could have a good discussion about sexual harassment, and what it is and how to stop it, but the HW issue is so big, violent and severe with so many women that when you get to what a lot of women face everyday it may seem inconsequential. I really wish Woody Allen didn’t speak about this, because he just furthers this in to severe depravity. Just because it isn’t rape doesn’t mean it should happen either. You don’t need to put up with it if it hasn’t risen to that level either. Trust me thankfully most women won’t be raped at work, or even exposed, but most will at least be made to feel uncomfortable by a comment at one point or another while a lot of their male counterparts just laugh at it. We need to stop all forms of sexual harassment and actually prosecute the ones who commit a crime.

  36. Nina says:

    I suppose Terry Richardson wasn’t immediately available for comment.

  37. Franny says:

    I’m more worried about a climate of sexual assault and harrassment where only a tiny percentage of legitimate claims are prosecuted and where we have a deep tendency to blame the victim.

    “Grab them by the p****. THEY LET YOU DO IT.”

    That doesn’t mean they wanted it. They just didn’t know how to stop it in the moment.

    “They let you do it” is why half the country blew off Trump’s assault comments. It’s also why we have sexual harassment laws.

  38. Miss Gloss says:

    Says the other fucking sexual predator.

  39. Margo S. says:

    Men shouldn’t be winking at people at the office. Ever. That’s inappropriate. And second, Woody literally is a pedophile and married his long term girlfriends daughter so fcuk you Woody and all you have to say. The guy is a psychopath.

  40. Who ARE These People? says:

    Worst word in his whole miserable diatribe: “Fanciful.”

  41. HK9 says:

    If people did a witch hunt for predators like Allen, I would sit in my purple chair ‘a la Wendy Williams and sip my tea, looking relaxed and completely unbothered.

  42. Greenie says:

    Ah so a predator seeks to muddy the waters for fellow predators. I haven’t watched anything from this sick little pervert since Match Point (which was meh to me), around the time I finally got caught up on his story. I don’t care if his work is supposed to still maintain the genius from his early films, it’s just not worth it to show any kind of support for a person like that.

  43. Kay says:

    Pot defending the kettle? The only difference between him and HW was that Woody victimized people in his own home!

  44. adastraperaspera says:

    We’re all supposed to think that Woody Allen’s abuse of children stopped after he married Soon-Yi. But don’t forget that just a few years after they got married, they adopted first one infant girl, who looks like Dylan Farrow, and then another girl, who resembles Soon-Yi. These girls are now in their teens. Is he afraid they’ll be interviewed by someone? It’s all too, too creepy.

  45. zuzusgirl says:

    Good. I’ll bring the matches and torches.

  46. moon says:

    This witch personally can’t wait to hunt all them abusive men who can’t keep their hands to themselves.

  47. Jaded says:

    OK Woody….if it’s a witch hunt we’re coming for you. We will tar and feather your bony ass, walk you through town in handcuffs and let legions of women throw rotten eggs, tomatoes and excrement at you, then we’ll put you in stocks in the middle of town for a few days before locking you up and throwing away the key. Enjoy your cell-mate Weinstein, I’m sure you’ll have lots of stories to share.

  48. SandyC says:

    The funniest part of Woody Allen’s idiotic statement is that all doubt is now erased about him. He’s just admitted everything — EVERYTHING!

  49. Brittany says:

    Never seen a Woody Allen film.

    Never will.

  50. IsThisReal? says:

    Does anyone know why Lainey is COMPLETELY ignoring Harvey Weinstein? OMG!
    Celebitchy has been covering everything. There is SO much. And it never stops.
    For two days Lainey has said NADA. What gives?

  51. whybother says:

    Well, WA is right about one thing, if a co-worker or boss or any men wink at me at the office, that person will need a lawyer. I dont gives a shit about your ‘think about my career and family’ cries.
    And come on, of course nobody will come to WA about HW!! He also surrounded with whispers.

  52. IsThisReal? says:

    Really? Why Lainey vs. all the other gossip sites?