Rosie O’Donnell turned down Woody Allen film after allegations

Rosie O’Donnell had no problem turning down Woody Allen and Michael Jackson after their abuse allegations.

O’Donnell, 60, said on The Howard Stern Show that she turned down a role in one of Allen’s films after a 1995 comedy special in which she addressed the child molestation allegations against the director.

“I did an HBO special where I said everything about him,” she said. “And then I got on my show. So it’s the first year of my show and I get a call and they said, ‘He wants you on it [‘Sweet and Lowdown’]. I said, ‘Please send him my HBO special.’ And the woman said, ‘Oh, he’s already seen it.’”

“And I said, ‘Send it anyway with two words: F—k no.’ And I sent it to him,” she continued.

The ‘A League of Their Own’ actress said Allen’s team tried relentlessly to get her in the 1999 film – starring Sean Penn and Uma Thurman – even though she knew how she felt about the 86-year-old director.

“They called back and said, ‘He really wants you to do it. He’d like to talk to you about it,” O’Donnell recalled. “I said, ‘I’m not doing it. I do not work for or with him or have any affiliation with him.”

Director Woody Allen attends the photocall
Woody Allen has been accused of sexually abusing Dylan Farrow when he was 7 years old.
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O’Donnell seemed to recall Allen being upset that “he couldn’t use his weight to lure anyone to his side” while he “had a lot of people under his spell.”

Allen has been accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7 years old. The allegations are the subject of the HBO true-crime documentary Allen v. Farrow”.

The director has denied the claims, telling CBS Sunday morning: “It’s so absurd, and yet the slander has remained. There’s no logic. At first glance, I didn’t think it needed an investigation.”

“And they still would rather cling to the idea that I abused Dylan than to the possibility that I abused Dylan… Nothing I’ve ever done could be misunderstood like that,” he said.

In her former HBO special, O’Donnell compared Allen to OJ Simpson and said the director annoyed her more.

“Can you believe how nervous this guy is showing incest with his lover slash daughter in public, mate, is a word. look it up Pedophile, what a concept. Have you heard about it?” the comedian and actress joked on her special.

“Every day for a month my agent has been calling me and saying, ‘Please don’t talk to OJ, please don’t talk to Woody Allen. People love him in Hollywood, it could hurt your career.” Oh yeah? So I won’t be in Annie Hall 2. Eat me.”

The actress shared that she feels a lot like Michael Jackson – and she even declined to meet him over the allegations against him.

Rosie O'Donnell performs onstage during FRIENDLY HOUSE LA Comedy Benefit Hosted by Rosie O'Donnell at Fonda Theater on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Rosie O’Donnell turned down a role in one of Woody Allen’s films after allegations of sexual abuse were made against him.
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When O’Donnell learned Jackson wanted to meet her at a wedding they were both at, she told his guard, “I’m a member of the Children’s Defense Fund and I believe every allegation against him.”

Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993 and later of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2005. He settled a civil charge in the 1993 case and was acquitted of all charges in the 2005 case. An HBO documentary entitled Leaving Neverland was also made about the allegations against Jackson. Rosie O’Donnell turned down Woody Allen film after allegations

Emma Bowman

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