‘It’s up­set­ting to read about al­le­ga­tions against Woody’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Jesse Eisen­berg has said that it was “up­set­ting” for him to read about the al­le­ga­tions against film­maker Woody Allen, who he be­lieves has “changed” his life.

Dy­lan, the adopted daugh­ter of Mia Far­row and Allen, claims that the 82-yearold di­rec­tor mo­lested her when she was just seven years old, but af­ter her mother took the case to the au­thor­i­ties in 1993, pros­e­cu­tors de­cided not to press charges. She has been vo­cal about her ac­cu­sa­tions fol­low­ing the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up move­ments.

In an in­ter­view with The Guardian, the 34-year-old ac­tor, who worked with the film­maker in the movies To Rome with Love (2012) and Cafe So­ci­ety (2016), said the al­le­ga­tions against Allen ex­ists in the “greyer area” and he feels torn by it.

“As for Woody Allen, I was 16 years old when I dis­cov­ered him. I’ve read every­thing he’s writ­ten, I’ve watched every­thing he’s made. He’s changed my life more than any other cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion,” Eisen­berg said.

“And so when I read about some­thing like this, it’s up­set­ting to me and I don’t know what to think, be­cause it ex­ists in a greyer area than a lot of the other al­le­ga­tions. So I don’t want to say any­thing spe­cific about that, but I’ll just say that those two things are on my mind, my ex­tracur­ric­u­lar work and also hon­our­ing some­body’s feel­ings who has been hurt,” he added.

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Ac­tor Jesse Eisen­berg has worked with film­maker Woody Allen (in­set) in movies such as To Rome with Love (2012) and Cafe So­ci­ety (2016)

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