The filmmaker later issued a stronger statement calling Weinstein a “sad, sick man.”
But Allen ― who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow (which he denies) ― also complained that the Weinstein allegations may lead to a situation where it’s not OK for men to wink at women at work.
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself,” Allen told the BBC. “That’s not right either.”
The reaction online was swift, as women pointed out that they really don’t want to be winked at, especially by coworkers and supervisors, and many men agreed.
Here is some of that response: