Woody Allen will "always" be a writer.
The 82-year-old filmmaker has seen a number of stars voice their regret at working with him or insisting they never would following the accusations of abuse levelled at him by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, but the 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' director insists the backlash won't force him into retirement.
Asked what he'll do if bad publicity grows stronger and more actors refuse to work with him, he told the New York Post newspaper: "I'm a writer. It's what I am. What I do. What I always will be. I'll write. Since I continually have ideas it'll be new ideas and I'll write new things."
Woody's comments come after he was recently defended by Javier Bardem, who criticised the "public lynching" of the veteran director.
He said: "At the time I did 'Vicky Christina Barcelona', the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the U.S. deemed he was not guilty.
"If the legal situation ever changes, then I'd change my mind. But for now I don't agree with the public lynching that he's been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I'd be there tomorrow morning. He's a genius."
This isn't the first time the 'No Country For Old Men' actor has defended the director.
Speaking after Colin Firth vowed never to work with him again, while
Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall pledged to donate their salaries from Allen's movie 'A Rainy Day in New York' to the Time's Up initiative, Javier admitted he had been "shocked" by Hollywood's response.
He said: "I am very shocked by this sudden treatment.
"Judgements in the states of New York and Connecticut have cleared him. The legal situation today is the same as in 2007.
"If there was evidence that Woody Allen is guilty, yes, I would stop shooting with him, but I doubt it."
And Javier - who has children Leo, seven, and Luna, five, with wife Penelope Cruz - isn't the only star to defend the 'Annie Hall' director.
Alec Baldwin has branded his treatment "unfair and sad", while his former partner Diane Keaton took to Twitter to support her former partner.
She posted in January: "Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him."