Javier Bardem has his ‘doubts’ about Woody Allen’s guilt, thinks Woody is ‘innocent’

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It’s been about a month since any major actor said anything about Woody Allen. The last person, by my records, was Cate Blanchett, who said some dumb bullsh-t about “legal precedents” and “the justice system.” I asked the question – which I’m still asking – how have people not done some preliminary research on the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen case before they open their mouths? Dylan’s first op-ed was in 2014. The #MeToo movement began, in earnest, last fall. We’re now in the tailend of April 2018. Read about the case before you speak about it. But that hasn’t stopped Javier Bardem from saying words. Javier worked with Woody on 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a film which earned his wife Penelope Cruz a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Javier, as it turns out, has his “doubts” about Dylan Farrow’s accusations.

Javier Bardem is defending Woody Allen amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the famed director. In an interview with the French publication Paris Match, the actor said he is “absolutely not” ashamed to have worked with Allen on the 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Bardem, 49, starred alongside wife Penelope Cruz in the film, which won the actress an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

The actor said he had “doubts” over the criticism of Allen for longstanding sexual abuse allegations. Allen, 82, has long denied the allegations made by daughter Dylan — who is one of the star’s three children with ex Mia Farrow. Dylan publicly claimed in 2014 that Allen molested her as a child. When the allegations first surfaced during his explosive split from Mia in 1992, the director was not charged.

“If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts,” Bardem continued.

“I am very shocked by this sudden treatment. Judgments in the states of New York and Connecticut found him innocent,” he added. “The legal situation today is the same as in 2007.”

A New York State Child Welfare investigation at the time found “no credible evidence” Dylan had been “abused or maltreated.” The Connecticut investigation took a controversial turn when state attorney Frank S. Maco announced in 1993 that despite finding “probable cause” to prosecute Allen, he was dropping the case because Dylan was too “fragile” to deal with a trial. But in 2013, after Dylan opened up to Vanity Fair about the alleged molestation, Maco told PEOPLE that Dylan was “traumatized to the extent that I did not have a confident witness to testify in any court setting, whether that’s a closed courtroom or an open courtroom.”

The controversy surrounding Allen made headlines again, last year, after the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment accusations rocked Hollywood.

Speaking of the #MeToo movement, Bardem said he is concerned that a divide is growing between men and women.

“I’m fortunate to have been raised by a very strong mother who taught me to respect women. Today, we have the impression there are men on one side and women on the other, which sends a very bad message to the younger generation,” he said. “The goal is not to be against each other but to be with others.”

[From People]

Woody Allen was NOT FOUND INNOCENT. “Declining to prosecute” is not the same as being found not guilty of a crime. A prosecutor chose to not go ahead with charging Woody Allen with molesting his daughter because the prosecutor believed Dylan was already too traumatized and fragile. As for what he says about #MeToo and the “divide” between men and women… WTF? The divide is between “women and men who are telling their stories of harassment, abuse and rape” and “the men who don’t give a sh-t.” Javier is formally in Camp I Don’t Give A Sh-t.

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  1. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Et tu, Javier?


  2. i, pet goat 2 says:

    Bye Bardem, the divide just grew bigger

  3. Lala says:

    In a minute…I won’t be able to stomach ANY of my favorite actors…just because they cape for a man who became a real life monster…to a child…..

    • Kitten says:

      Totally. So depressing.

    • Jayna says:

      And I don’t know why you are surprised. I don’t place a lot of energy towards actors/actresses and their comments or think they suddenly become some enlightened creatures just because they are actors/actresses.

      • ValiantlyVarnished says:

        Its not about them being more enlightened “just because they’re actors”. No one is assuming they are MORE enlightened because of that. I was an actor for some time – I know this to not be true. But just as I think regular folks’ opinions on matters like this should evolve, so should theirs. This type of thinking is outdated and harmful. I’m not a Javier fan – he seems like an *sshole and by all accounts he is – but it IS disappointing to here remarks like this in 2018. We should ALL know better by now.

      • Shark Bait says:

        VV… great comment. They should be enlightened because it is their industry that is being put under scrutiny! Just like men in other industries should be introspective and look at what women are saying about sexual harassment. I don’t expect these people to be geniuses, I expect them to be humans!

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      Girl….the list of people I have cancelled is SO long now…people I uses to love…their dumb comments are ruining almost all of my entertainment!

    • Raina says:

      I think he’s trying to justify working with him. Lots of people do that. Rather than looking into it, they prefer to look away from it. It’s easier and helps them sleep at night. Unlike the victims.

  4. Kaykayok says:

    Oh man…nooooo Javier! This just puts such a gross taint on my forever crush.

  5. mia girl says:


  6. minx says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  7. Holly hobby says:

    Well Javi I have my doubts I would ever watch another one of your movies again.

  8. slowsnow says:

    I live in the UK but am Portuguese and work a lot in France. While women are very much on board the meetoo movement (especially younger women) in those two latter countries, I have had really cringing conversations with people about meetoo where I just want to give up and live in a cave. Even women my age (40s) have the same kind of attitude Bardem has. It machismo is part of our culture in south central Europe. It’s gonna take a long time for things to change.
    A good point about France: it’s in the news, social media and entertainment; I watched a French film called “I’m not an easy man” about feminism on Netflix yesterday and it was ok.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      I can only imagine. Yes, it’s awful here, but I was born and raised around a predominately Latin culture (white was minority in a major way), and I can honestly say it will be a slow and painful process with many men in that culture. I guess that’s just what we have to stomach…a moral molasses pour over humble hotcakes. It just drives me crazy though cuz I’ve been rolling my eyes and holding up mirrors for decades.

    • Lyka says:

      God, yeah, “moral molasses pour over humble hotcakes.” Thanks for sharing, you two. I really was reading Bardem’s quotes and wondering how representative his sort of macho, surface-ass interpretation of what’s happening in #MeToo is of cultures outside the US.

  9. Nicegirl says:

    DIS to the GUST, Javier. CANCELLED

  10. Merritt says:

    Absolutely cancelled.

  11. Jess says:

    Didn’t Javier defend Johnny Depp too: Because he had never seen him beat Amber? He is so canceled.

  12. Tiffany says:

    Not surprised by this. He has a garbage reputation in Spain. My understanding is that he is not really beloved there and this was before the blew up internationally. He has said words and apparently treats people like garbage.

  13. Jayna says:

    There are probably many people that believe Mia was vengeful and and that Dylan was manipulated by Mia. There’s no point in arguing with them. People have their own viewpoints in this situation. I completely disagree with him on Woody’s guilt.

    I still like Javier and love his performances in movies, and this won’t stop me from it. Never canceled.

    • Amide says:

      Everything you said.👍
      And I’m still going to enjoy Blanchett’s performances.

      • Jayna says:

        Cate Blanchett is one of my favorite actresses of all time, even though she overacted a bit in Carol. Other than that, she is flawless in her performances. No cancellation of her movies by me.

    • Bridget says:

      And that’s totally your right to choose. The question that we’re ultimately being asked – can you separate the artist from the art – is so subjective, with no real black or white answer.

  14. Lexter says:

    Lol like what the actual fccccck
    Who do idiots keep bringing this up without being asked?!?! Youre making people hate you. How do you just casually bring this up in conversation?????

  15. Nicole says:

    Cancelled. Also the prosecutor made a good call. Often times trials break adults never mind a child. And we all know how rape cases in this country go. You could get caught in the act and get 6 months. But that is not the same as being found innocent you idiot.

  16. Lucy says:

    Penelope, please come get your man.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Didn’t she sign the Roman Polanski petition, so I would not be holding my breath on her having a problem with defending Allen either.

    • fes says:

      I was wondering what Penelope thought of his comment. She is such a good friend of Salma Hayek, who was terrorized by Weinstien for years. Surely she would be in support of #metoo and could school him??

  17. Mia4s says:

    Separate and apart from his comments I’m seeing a real pattern (in foreign actors in particular) who seem to have read/understood that he was found innocent because two investigations were held and no charges were filed….which without further context (and without knowledge of the MESS the justice system is), I can see why that would seem logical. So there’s an interesting question: if it has been through the system with no charges brought, what responsibility is there to learn more context? Legally? None. Morally? That answer is likely changing with MeToo.

    The reality is a good percentage of Hollywood likely thinks like Bardem. Some who have spoken out are genuine, but let’s be honest, many others are giving the currently publicly acceptable answer. I’ll be very interested in what happens when he passes away (he’s 84, won’t be long). He will be celebrated. Carefully…but he will be. This is a situation that will never be resolved.

    • Amide says:

      And no amount of getting everyone who worked with him to comment is going to say ‘the right thing’ over this mess.
      I do appreciate his honesty over Winslet’s opportunism and bandwagon hypocrisy.

  18. naomipaige says:

    Bye Bardem bye!!!!!!

  19. Bridget says:

    Javier has a rep for being a total a-hole. I haven’t been able to watch him in years, it just oozes out of his pores. All he’s doing now is confirming it.

  20. Jenn says:

    This is so depressing. I like him so much as an actor.
    I feel like men of my generation (Gen X) have turned out to be such a huge disappointment overall when it comes to progressiveness and self awareness around misogyny and their part in it. They either are silent, act dumb about it, or are abusers themselves.

    Then again I gotta remember awesome guys like Terry Crews …. he’s an exception. So is Tyler Perry …. there are a few exceptions. Most of these men in my age bracket suck though. Then again as I think about it so do most of the guys in their twenties and thirties. So obtuse.

    • Patty says:

      Tyler Perry is very problematic and is very misogynistic . I gave up on his movies because of his need to always put women in their place or punish them. He’s not a friend to or of women.

      • Jenn says:

        He has featured Black women as leads for dozens of films at this point (no one else can say the same) – he’s been representing before it was in style.

        All the women in “I Can do Bad All by Myself” were well written, complex. You hardly ever get to see a meaty role for a Black woman. That’s why I love that film.

        I also love how he has been representing and telling stories of sexual abuse trauma for more than a decade now. Even if she was ignored by Hollywood Kimberly Elise was a revelation in “Woman Thou Art Loosed”.

        I didn’t love “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide” (as it’s hard to beat the book which I’ve loved forever) but damn if it didn’t have some meaty, beautiful roles and characters that were fully touchable- made human. He sees black women as fully human. Sad to say but that’s not common.

        I haven’t seen all his work but what I have seen – the roles he writes are nuanced, powerful, vulnerable. They are like real people you know and even in the “unlikable” roles he brings out a woman’s “whys” and there is compassion. So for me he’s been a strong ally at least in these film contributions.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Terry Crews is a breath of fresh air. His comments from a few days ago about the cult of patriarchy were spot-on.

      • Kim says:

        Terry Crews is my hero at this point. Every word out of that guy’s mouth just fills me with warm hope.

  21. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Was never a Javier stan but he is cancelled for life nonetheless.

  22. usagichan says:

    I’m not really surprised since he seems like a douchebag but it’s still really unfortunate that the burden of proof ALWAYS fall on the victims. Especially since our justice system isn’t looking out for women’s right. I will always believe the victims. I would rather incorrectly accuse a man than to shame the victims (sorry, not sorry).

  23. SJhere says:

    What the hell? How can anyone still be defending Woody Allen or Roman Polanski? Are these idiot actors just completely morally clueless?

    Personally, I have not watched Pierce Brosnan films since he worked with Woody Allen.
    Why? Pierce, why? You have more class and brains, I used to think.
    Tom Cruise and his complete lunacy CoS = I give zero money or time to that fool.
    As for Jav, Nope. Not a dime toward his films anymore.

  24. Sim says:

    Got to love it when trash takes out itself

  25. Kim says:

    Somewhere, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is saying dammit why does this asshat have to be the guy everyone mistakes me for.