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Woody Allen says he won't stop writing despite Hollywood condemnation: 'It's what I do'

'I’m a writer. It’s what I am. What I do. What I always will be. I’ll write'

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Monday 22 October 2018 09:58

Woody Allen has said he will continue to write, despite the #MeToo movement sparking a new wave of condemnation aimed at the director over allegations of sexual abuse.

He told Page Six: "I’m a writer. It’s what I am. What I do. What I always will be. I’ll write. Since I continually have ideas it’ll be new ideas and I’ll write new things.”

In 1992, Allen's former partner Mia Farrow contacted authorities after her daughter, Dylan, allegedly described sexual abuse by the director. Though Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations and was not criminally charged, Farrow was granted with full custody after a judge found Dylan's testimony to be credible.

Allen's latest film, A Rainy in New York – starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, and Selena Gomez – was originally picked up for distribution by Amazon, but has yet to receive a release date or any promotional material. Reports have suggested it's been shelved indefinitely.

Several members of the cast have expressed regret over their involvement in the film; Chalamet, Hall, Gomez, and Griffin Newman all donated their salaries to charity.

The director, however, has also found supporters in those he has previously worked with. Javier Bardem, who starred in Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), has shunned criticism faced by the filmmaker, having said he's “absolutely not” ashamed to have worked with him. Diane Keaton also said of Allen: "He is my friend and I continue to believe him."

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