Woody Allen Dismisses Sexual Abuse Claims Again at Cannes: 'I Have So Moved On'
"I've said everything I have to say about the whole situation," Woody Allen told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival
While talking to PEOPLE and a small group of reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, Allen, 80, said he is no longer concerned about the controversy surrounding allegations that he sexually abused Ronan’s sister, Dylan Farrow, as a child.
“I’ve said everything I have to say about the whole situation in The New York Times,” he said. “I have so moved on. I never think about it. I work and do my movies.”
“I just think it’s so silly, the whole thing,” he also told reporters, according to The Washington Post.
Allen admitted he hasn’t read Ronan’s essay, telling Variety: “I never read anything. I never read what you say about me or the reviews of my film. I made the decision I think five years ago never to read a review of my movie. Never read an interview. Never read anything, because you can easily become obsessed with yourself.”
Ronan’s column, which was released the same day Allen’s latest film Café Society premiered, addressed the sexual abuse claims, condemning the media for not asking Allen about the allegations and stars for working with him.
Allen has long denied the abuse allegations. In 2014, the director penned a column in the Times, writing, “Of course, I did not molest Dylan.”
VIDEO: Woody Allen Responds to Ronan Farrow’s Column About Alleged Sexual Abuse
And when asked about the theme of complicated family relationships in his films, Allen said that while he wasn’t purposely pulling inspiration from his own life, he can certainly relate.
“It’s just funny and the reality is that lots of families are complicated,” he told PEOPLE. “If you think about it, Mia would be my mother-in-law. But it’s not intentional that way.”
In 1997, the multi-hyphenate comedian famously married Soon-Yi Previn, 45 – the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend Mia Farrow.
At Cannes, Allen also weighed in on a controversial rape joke made at his expense during the film festival’s opening ceremony.
“I am completely in favor of comedians making any jokes they want,” he told Variety, adding: “I am a non-judgmental or [non]-censorship person on jokes. I’m a comic myself and I feel they should be free to make whatever jokes they want.”
Meanwhile, his Café Society star, Blake Lively, came to the director’s defense, slamming the joke as “disappointing.”
“I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke,” the actress said at the festival. “I think that was a hard thing to swallow in 30 seconds … It was more disappointing for the artists in the room that someone was going up there making jokes about something that wasn’t funny.”
Laurent Lafitte, the French comedian who made the joke, has since told The Hollywood Reporter his comments were misinterpreted. “When I wrote this joke, it was more a joke about Europe and why one of the greatest American directors spent years in Europe, [while Allen] didn’t have to because he wasn’t accused of rape in his own country, compared to Roman Polanski,” he said.
“It was as a joke about American puritanism and the fact that it is surprising that an American director wants to do so many movies in Europe. I didn’t know about the other stuff.”