Javier Bardem Defends Woody Allen Against Longstanding Sexual Abuse Allegations
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The 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' actor notes that the filmmaker remains innocent in the eyes of the law until it's proven otherwise, adding that he is 'very shocked' by the treatment of Allen.

AceShowbiz - Actor Javier Bardem is appalled by the way Woody Allen has been shunned following renewed allegations of sexual abuse, because he remains innocent in the eyes of the law. The filmmaker's ex-girlfriend, actress Mia Farrow, famously broke off their romance in 1992 and accused the actor/director of molesting her adopted daughter, Dylan, then seven.

Investigations were launched at the time by child welfare officials in New York and prosecutors in Connecticut, but Allen was not charged with a crime and has always maintained his innocence. The claims have continued to hit headlines ever since Dylan Farrow went public with her side of the story in 2014, and she has used the ongoing #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct to call on Woody's Hollywood collaborators to turn their backs on him.

Stars including Mira Sorvino, Greta Gerwig, Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall have since vowed never to work with Woody again, but Javier insists people shouldn't be making such snap decisions, especially since his "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" director was never prosecuted. In a new interview with Paris Match magazine, Javier makes it clear he is "absolutely not" ashamed of having worked with Allen, amid the ongoing sexual abuse controversy.

"If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts," explained Javier. "I am very shocked by this sudden treatment (of Allen). Judgments in the states of New York and Connecticut found him innocent. The legal situation today is the same as in 2007 (when they made 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona')."

Bardem, whose co-star and now-wife, actress Penelope Cruz, won an Oscar for her role in the 2008 drama, also shared his concerns about the negative side of the #MeToo movement and the impact it's having on society as a whole. "I'm fortunate to have been raised by a very strong mother who taught me to respect women," he began. "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. The goal is not to be against each other but to be with others."

He isn't the first star to share his support for Woody. Alec Baldwin and the filmmaker's ex, Diane Keaton, have also recently spoken out in defense of Allen.

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