Sharon Stone says she had a ‘wonderful’ and ‘professional’ experience working with Woody Allen, amid accusations of sexual abuse made against the filmmaker in the newly released HBO docuseries, Allen v Farrow.
Allen, 85, was first accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow 29 years ago, but the allegations have gained renewed interest in light of the new docuseries exploring the claims.
While Stone, 63, acknowledged the series could have very well been ‘true’, she spoke highly of the director and recalled her positive experiences working with him starting at age 19.
Stone was promoting her new memoir The Beauty of Living Twice on Sirius XM’s The Michelle Collins show when the topic of Allen was raised, whom she wrote about in her book.
‘He’s been nothing but spectacular with me’: Sharon Stone says she had a ‘wonderful’ and ‘professional’ experience working with Woody Allen, amid accusations of molestation made against the filmmaker in the newly released HBO docuseries, Allen v Farrow
‘But I don’t want to say I never had an untoward experience with Woody Allen,’ the actress said on The Michelle Collins Show. ‘My experiences with Woody Allen were all wonderful, he was highly professional with me. He was extraordinarily encouraging to me and I was a young woman, 19, when I started working with him. I’ve done three films with him.
‘He’s been nothing but spectacular with me. I have no experience of him being anything but terrific,’ she added. ‘I am fully aware of the documentary that’s come out recently, but I have zero of those experiences to report.’
‘I can say that while the [Allen v. Farrow] documentary may very well be a hundred percent true, it is not my experience. I had a super professional and a particularly wonderful experience working with him. Which is why I worked with him three times.’
Stone also described working with the disgraced journalist Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC News amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Accused: Woody Allen was first accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow 29 years ago, but the allegations have regained renewed interest in light of the new docuseries exploring the claims
‘Super professional’: Stone worked with Allen on three films, including the 1980 comedy Stardust Memories (the stars pictured on the set of the movie)
Like Allen, Stone only had positive experiences with the former Today Show host.
‘There are other people in the business that have not been named, who I have had particularly heinous experiences with, but he isn’t one of them. There are other people like Matt Lauer, who I have also worked with who were particularly wonderful with me. And I understand he has to have problems, never with me. He was always very, very, very, very kind to me.’
‘I understand, you know, all sides of this situation, but I can say that there are people that have had lots of problems that I have worked with that have not been this way with me, but there are people in this business who, you know, I know, and my friends have had similar experiences with who have not been named, who are nightmarish,’ Stone said. ‘I might not be in the zone of the people they want to have these experiences with.’
Strike a pose: Stone glammed up at the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in 2020
Stone has worked on three different films with Allen: Stardust Memories, Antz, and Fading Gigolo.
In 1992 Dylan accused Allen of sexual abuse, which she said happened when she was seven.
He has always denied her allegations, and was not charged – although a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.
Speaking out: Mia Farrow appears in the new HBO docuseries, Allen v Farrow
In February, Allen and Previn criticized the series, calling it a ‘hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.’
‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth,’ a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement provided to Deadline and other outlets.
There have been celebrities who have defended Allen in the wake of the allegations.
Coming forward: Dylan Farrow first accused Allen of sexual abuse 29 years ago
Diane Keaton, who famously starred opposite him in his 1977 film Annie Hall, previously told The Guardian: ‘I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend.’
Alec Baldwin also defended Allen ahead of documentary’s release in February 2021, tweeting, ‘Who needs courtrooms or rule of law when we have trial by media?’
He also posted a 14-minute long video hitting out at cancel culture and defending due process amid the sexual misconduct allegations leveled at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Woody Allen.
In his video, Baldwin again lambasted social media users – this time targeting those who are eager to ‘cancel’ famous men on the basis of unproven allegations.
Although he did not mention any names specifically, Baldwin appeared to be referring to both Cuomo and Allen.
Defending Allen: Alec Baldwin has also defended the controversial filmmaker