Adrien Brody Says Woody Allen's Sexual Assault Allegations Are "Not Something to Focus On"

David Needleman
Adrien Brody

"I think there's a lot of catastrophe in this world and a lot of cruelty and a lot of carelessness," the actor says while discussing both Allen and Roman Polanski.

Adrien Brody contends sexual assault allegations against filmmakers, specifically Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, are not his concern. 

The actor, who has appeared in films directed by both men, talked about the reignited allegations against Allen during an interview on Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy on Monday.

"Life is very complicated," Brody told McCarthy. "I look to collaborate with artistic people and to go into an endeavor without judgment and to hopefully be treated with the same. It's an artistic pursuit, and Polanski, for instance, had a very complicated and difficult life. It would be unfair of me to delve into something as complicated as the past that was brought up in the media."

Brody won an Oscar for his leading performance in Polanski's 2002 film The Pianist.

The director fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. 

Allen is once again making headlines after his son, Ronan Farrow, wrote a scathing article for The Hollywood Reporter concerning sister Dylan Farrow's claims that she was sexually abused as a child by Allen.

Brody appeared in Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris.

McCarthy brought up Bill Cosby, also accused of sexual assault, being perceived different than Allen. 

"I don't even read about these things, to be honest," said Brody. "It's not that I stay in my lane. I choose not to indulge this kind of fodder. I think there's a lot of catastrophe in this world and a lot of cruelty and a lot of carelessness. Of course it's horrible what comes out sometimes, and people have done things in their lives that may be inexcusable, but it's not something to focus on."

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