Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen, calling allegations of sexual assault against him “gossip”.
In 1992 Allen was accused by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, of molesting her when she was seven years old. The 86-year-old filmmaker, who has consistently denied the allegations, was cleared by two investigations in the 1990s.
Bardem worked with Allen in the 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. One of his former co-stars from the picture, Rebecca Hall, since denounced Allen and apologised for working with him.
Now, in an interview with The Guardian, Bardem gave his opinion on the allegations against Allen.
“Pointing fingers at someone is very dangerous if it hasn’t been legally proven,” he said. “Beyond that, it’s just gossip.”
Asked if he had seen or spoken to Hall about the matter, Bardem replied: “No, I haven’t seen Rebecca in many, many years. To tell you the truth, I don’t follow any of that, what people said. I try to go where logic dictates, which is: let’s follow the rules that exist to establish whether someone is guilty or innocent.
“If the case re-opens and he is proven to be guilty, I will be the first to say: ‘What a horrible thing.’ But so far, I haven’t seen that.”
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