Jeff Goldblum is under criticism after he said he “would consider working with” Woody Allen again.
The 67-year-old actor, who played a role in Annie Hall, told i News that he continues to admire the director’s work.
He said, “I think there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I know I enjoyed working with him many years ago and I sat in with his band once too.”
Goldblum continued, “Even though I feel like this cultural shift [the #MeToo movement] is very, very positive and long overdue and I support it wholeheartedly and take it very seriously, I also admire his body of work. So I would consider working with him again until I learned something more.”
Woody was accused by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of molesting her at the age of 7. Allen denies the accusation — but other celebrities including Timothée Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Colin Firth, Evan Rachel Wood and Mira Sorvino have refused to work with him again.
Since making the comment that he would consider working with Allen again, many have taken to social media to criticise the statement. One user wrote, “I can’t believe I have to cancel Jeff Goldblum today.”
Another said, “Jeff Goldblum is cancelled. Never thought it would happen. Used to think to myself ‘Imagine if Jeff Goldblum got cancelled’ … And here it is.”
Angus Johnston made a response on Twitter, saying, “There’s no ‘innocence until proven guilty’ with Allen. He is who he is. He did what he did. And much of the worst of what he’s done is a matter of public record, denied by nobody.
Jeff Goldblum can say what he wants and work with whom he wants, but to suggest that it’s unknowable whether Woody Allen is a repulsive human being with a decades-long history of sexual predation is vacuous, fatuous, and insulting.”
Others are standing by his comments, with a user saying, “Are y’all really gonna cancel Jeff Goldblum for agreeing with the entire basis of any sort of ethical law and order.”
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