Everyone knows that Woody Allen is kind of a creep, including Woody Allen himself.
In a 1976 interview with People Magazine, Allen revealed some of his — er — more liberal views on sex.
“I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him,” Allen said at the time. “Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone. I admit to it all.” (Emphasis ours.)
As Gawker points out, the 1992 issue of Spy magazine compiled dozens of quotes from Allen’s movies and writings that reveal a cavalier attitude toward sex with young women — even if most of it is fiction or (hopefully) fantasy.
He wrote in “The Early Essays” in 1973: “To be a really good lover, then, one must be strong and yet tender. How strong? I suppose being able to lift fifty pounds should do it.”
In his 1980 essay “Retribution,”Allen wrote about a gross love triangle that he will actually find himself in years later: “I am in love with two women, a not terribly uncommon problem. That they happen to be mother and child? All the more challenging!”
Although his films and writings often have pedophiliac motifs, Allen has forcefully denied that he ever molested him and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven years old.
Dylan published an article on the New York Times website over the weekend again accusing Allen of sexual abuse. Allen is reportedly penning a response in the Times as his lawyer and publicist repeatedly deny the claims.
In this week’s issue of People, Moses Farrow — the oldest of Allen and Farrow’s adopted children — defended his father against his sister’s sexual abuse claim, saying that “of course Woody did not molest my sister.”
“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses told the magazine. “And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”