Jesse Eisenberg 'doesn't know what to think' of Woody Allen allegations
Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg has admitted he doesn't "know what to think" of the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Woody Allen.
Jesse Eisenberg doesn't "know what to think" of the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Woody Allen.
The 34-year-old actor has previously worked with the acclaimed director on 'To Rome with Love' and 'Cafe Society', and Jesse says the allegations made against Allen by his ex-partner Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow exist "in a greyer area than a lot of the other allegations" made against figures in the entertainment business in the past year in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Jesse explained: "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.
"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."
Woody, 82, has always denied the allegation that he assaulted Dylan when she was seven years old in the attic of their home.
And Jesse has admitted he doesn't want to become drawn into the situation because is not in possession of all the information surrounding the situation.
The Hollywood star - who has previously volunteered at a shelter for domestic violence victims that was run by his mother-in-law - told The Guardian newspaper: "I don't want to say anything specific about that, but I'll just say that those two things are on my mind, my extra-curricular work and also honouring somebody's feelings who has been hurt. Was that OK?"
In December 2017, Jesse's 'Hummingbird Project' co-star Salma Hayek accused Weinstein of sexually harassing and abusing her in an op-ed for The New York Times newspaper.
Despite remaining tight-lipped about the allegations against Allen, Jesse was happy to help Salma to tell her story.
He said: "Salma actually asked me to edit her New York Times editorial. Because she knows my wife, and knows mine and her history, and also enjoys my editing. So this isn't something I don't think about or take lightly, this is something I care about in my personal life."