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Javier Bardem Rips 'Public Lynching' Of Woody Allen, Calls Him 'Genius'

The Oscar-winning actor said he'd work again for the embattled filmmaker "tomorrow."
Javier Bardem said he would change his mind about Woody Allen if the director's legal situation were to change.
Javier Bardem said he would change his mind about Woody Allen if the director's legal situation were to change.

Javier Bardem strongly defended embattled director Woody Allen on Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t hesitate to work with the filmmaker again, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Oscar-winning actor decried the “public lynching” of Allen, who was accused by adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her as a child. Allen has denied the claim, and no charges were filed after a police investigation.

Bardem, who played a seductive painter in Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” said at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France, that the allegations against Allen “were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the U.S. deemed he was not guilty. If the legal situation ever changes, I’d change my mind. But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving.”

The accusations resurfaced amid the Me Too movement against sexual misconduct. Michael CaineTimothée Chalamet, Mira Sorvino, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall and Greta Gerwig are among the Hollywood stars who have denounced him or pledged not to work with him again.

But Bardem remained steadfast in his support. “If Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning,” he said. “He’s a genius.”

In an April interview with Paris Match, Bardem voiced “doubts” about the allegations against Allen.

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