Woody Allen Is ‘Sad’ for Harvey Weinstein … Doesn’t Want a ‘Witch Hunt’

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Woody Allen has broken his silence on the Harvey Weinstein scandal … and unfortunately it’s exactly what you thought he’d say.

In an interview with the BBC, the director who has worked with Weinstein on a handful of films, says, “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved.  Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up.”

Allen says he was oblivious to the worst kept secret in Hollywood, saying “No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness.  And they wouldn’t because you are not interested in it.  You are interested in making your movie.”

Interesting comments, considering Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, is the one who investigated Weinstein and broke the story that started the producer’s downfall.

The director is apparently also worried about backlash against even the most innocent of flirting, adding, “you also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”

Woody Allen is no stranger to controversy in this department, he has been accused of sexually assaulting Dylan, his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow who left the director in 1992 after discovering he’d become involved with their other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

For his part, Allen has denied the molestation allegation.