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Woody Allen: 'I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement'

One of Hollywood's most polarizing figures has offered his opinion on his role in the #MeToo movement.

Director Woody Allen told Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos that he felt he should be the "poster boy" for the movement, since none of the women on his movie sets have publicly accused him of misconduct. Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has alleged that Allen sexually abused her 25 years ago. Quartz reports that the judge in the abuse case called Allen's behavior "grossly inappropriate," but he was never charged with any crimes.

Allen called the abuse allegations "so crazy," saying it's "upsetting" that they're still being scrutinized publicly after authorities ended their investigation. Outside of the allegations from Farrow, Allen emphasized his otherwise clean record, calling himself a "big advocate of the #MeToo movement."

"I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I've worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I've always had a wonderful record with them."

The director lamented the fact that he is sometimes "linked" with people who are accused of misconduct by dozens of women. Meanwhile "I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people," said Allen. Read more of the interview at Quartz.