Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke blasts #MeToo movement as 'witch hunt'

Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke blasts #MeToo movement as 'witch hunt'

Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke blasts #MeToo movement as 'witch hunt'

Director Michael Haneke is the latest figure in European cinema to criticize the #MeToo movement.

"But the hysteria of condemnations we're seeing now, pre-empting any proper judgement, I find that disgusting", he went on.

"And I don't want to know how many of these accusations related to incidents 20 or 30 years ago are primarily statements that have little to do with sexual assault".

In an interview with the Kurier daily, the double Palme d'Or victor also voiced his concerns over the "new, man-hating puritanism" he said the movement was bringing in its wake.

"The actors who fall under suspicion in the light of such allegations are often cut out of movies and TV series as the media corporations start scratching their heads over the potential loss of audiences".

"In The Realm of the Senses by Oshima, one of the most profound films ever made on the theme of sexuality, wouldn't get made today because funding institutions wouldn't allow it, they would be in thrall to this terror", he said.

"Where do we live?"

OSCAR-winning director Michael Haneke has come out swinging against the worldwide #MeToo movement, slamming it as a witch hunt that is "poisoning the social climate".

"I can imagine what you can read on the net after this interview", he finished. "But the witch hunt should be left in the Middle Ages", he said. "Haneke, the male chauvinist pig".

"As artistes, w " re starting to be fearful since w " re faced with this crusade against any form of eroticism" added the director of "Amour".