Legendary director Woody Allen walked back some of his comments on the Harvey Weinstein situation after coming under fire over the weekend.
Allen was asked about Weinstein while he was in London to promote his new movie “Wonder Wheel.” Allen worked with Weinstein on projects including “Mighty Aphrodite.”
In a report published Sunday, Allen said: “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.”
But Allen’s publicist was doing damage control today after Allen’s comments were criticized. USA Today reports that the publicist said Allen was surprised by the criticism.
In a statement issued today, Allen says: “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.”
USA Today adds: “Allen, who was accused by his daughter, Dylan, her mother Mia Farrow and her brother Ronan Farrow of abusing Dylan when she was a child, added that he hoped the allegations against Weinstein would not lead to a ‘witch hunt 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.'”
The report notes that Allen has denied ever abusing his daughter and was never charged. Ronan Farrow is the author of The New Yorker’s recent article on Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults.