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.”
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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