Javier Bardem is still defending Woody Allen as he calls allegations ‘just gossip’

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    Javier Bardem
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    Woody Allen
    American filmmaker
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Actor Javier Bardem (L) and director Woody Allen (R) attend the photocall for 'Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona' at The Kursaal Palace, during the 56th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 18, 2008 in San Sebastian, Spain.  (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
Javier Bardem and Woody Allen worked together on 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'. (Fotonoticias/WireImage)

Javier Bardem has repeated his defence of Woody Allen, claiming that sexual abuse allegations against him are "just gossip".

Actor Bardem, who worked with the director on 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, has already said he doesn't believe the accusations that have seen other Hollywood stars turn their backs on Allen and has now repeated his opinion.

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In an interview with The Guardian, he said: "Pointing fingers at someone is very dangerous if it hasn’t been legally proven. Beyond that, it’s just gossip."

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Javier Bardem called the allegations 'gossip'. (Getty Images)

His Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Rebecca Hall has spoken out against Allen in the wake of sexual abuse allegations from his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who first said in 1992 aged seven that Allen had molested her, accusations that the director denies.

But Bardem said of Hall's reaction: "To tell you the truth, I don’t follow any of that, what people 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.

"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."

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Woody Allen has found many former stars of his films have denounced him. (Getty Images)

He also said that he had not seen Hall "in many, many years" - although he is married to another of their co-stars from the film, Penelope Cruz, who he fell in love with on set.

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Speaking about the allegations in 2018, Bardem had also sided with Allen, saying: "If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts."

Allen was cleared of the allegations by two investigations in the 90s, but the accusations resurfaced in the wake of #MeToo - leading to a number of actors who he had previously worked with denouncing him.

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