In 1992, Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow claimed her father molested her when she was seven years old. He denies the allegations and was cleared by two investigations at the time.
“Pointing fingers at someone is very dangerous if it hasn’t been legally proven. Beyond that, it’s just gossip,” Bardem said to The Guardian.
The actor and the director worked together on the 2008 film “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Bardem then addressed how his former co-star Rebecca Hall later denounced working with Allen.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t follow any of that, what people said,” Bardem said. “I try to go where logic dictates, which is: Let’s follow the rules that exist to establish whether someone is guilty or innocent.”
The “Being the Ricardos” star continued, “If the case re-opens and he is proven to be guilty, I will be the first to say: ‘What a horrible thing.’ But so far, I haven’t seen that.”
Javier Bardem said any allegations against Woody Allen are “gossip” until proven by the law. (Getty Images)
Bardem said he “credits” Allen for introducing the Oscar-winner to his wife, Penélope Cruz, who also starred in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”
In 2018, Bardem said he was “shocked” by how Allen was treated in Hollywood. “If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts,” he said at the time.
Dylan’s allegations against Allen, now 86, were investigated in the 2021 HBO documentary “Allen v. Farrow.”
Woody Allen and his partner, actress Mia Farrow, pose with their children, from left, Misha, Dylan (in Farrow’s arms), Fletcher, and Soon-Yi in New York in 1986. Soon-Yi later married Allen. (Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Allen has implied in the past that Dylan may have been misled to believe something happened that he says didn’t, since Dylan’s claims came amid a heated custody battle with his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow in 1992.
“It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained,” Allen told CBS’ Lee Cowan in 2020. “And they still prefer to cling to, if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”
He continues: “There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57 years old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.”
Woody Allen had denied any wrongdoing since the ’90s. (UNANUE/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Allen admitted that he would like to have a conversation with Dylan about the topic but noted that he hasn’t spoken to her in many years.
The filmmaker went on to discuss actors like Colin Firth, Timothee Chalamet and Kate Winslet, who have distanced themselves from him after working with him in the past given the renewed attention placed on the allegations, calling them “well-meaning but foolish.”
“All they’re doing is, they’re persecuting a perfectly innocent person and they’re enabling this lie,” he said (via Yahoo Entertainment).
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.