“She was a great co-worker, I’ll tell you that. She’s a fun girl. Everybody loved her, but everybody at ABC is a little disappointed in her … memory, put it that way,” he told the Daily Mail last week. “All of us at Disney/ABC, really.”
By contrast, when Allen was asked if his memory is good, he responded, “Yeah.” In effect, then, Allen is accusing Anderson of misremembering something that he says never happened.
What is the background?
The alleged incident, which Anderson revealed in her memoir that was released on Tuesday, would have taken place in 1991 before the taping of the “Home Improvement” pilot episode.
Prior to taping, Anderson alleged that Allen flashed her. She wrote in her book, according to Variety:
On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.
After the allegation surfaced last week, Allen denied that it ever happened.
“No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,” he told Variety.
His pushback, however, did not stop Anderson from doubling down.
“This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate,” Anderson later said in a statement. “My book goes into how it made me feel over the course of my life and, in this case, my career. I have no ill will toward Tim. But like the rest, it should never have happened.”
In yet another interview, this time with Variety, Anderson appeared to defend Allen, though she did not retract her allegations.
“Tim is a comedian, it’s his job to cross the line. I’m sure he had no bad intentions,” she said. “Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post-#MeToo. It’s a new world.”
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