In this May 20, 2012 file photo director Michael Haneke speaks during a press conference for Love at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. In an interview with Austrian paper Kurier, Haneke voiced concerns on the 'puritanism' that came with the #metto-movement. (FRANCOIS MORI / AP)
BERLIN — Austrian film director Michael Haneke, an Academy Award and two-time Palme d'Or winner, has compared the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal to a "witch hunt" that has ushered in a "new, men-hating puritanism."
The director of Amour and The White Ribbon told Austrian daily Kurier that the #MeToo movement's "hysteria of prematurely denouncing" others was "disgusting."
He said what especially bothered him was the "complete spitefulness without any reflection and the blind rage, which is not based on facts but ... destroys the lives of people whose crimes have not been proven."
Haneke said, "people are been killed in the media, lives and careers destroyed."
Several European film figures have expressed doubt about the American #MeToo movement including film star Catherine Deneuve and actor Liam Neeson.
China's courts created a network combining internet with legal services and improving technology for intelligent trials in 2017, said a report.19 February 2018
Alibaba and Tencent are two major players promoting mobile payments in China. Products from the two internet giants maintain dominance in the industry.19 February 2018
Chinese Americans have contributed to the success of the US, said Frank H Wu, chairman of Committee of 100.19 February 2018
Roland Mouret and Temperley worked their magic at London Fashion Week, showcasing their latest womenswear styles for the upcoming season.19 February 2018
Alexander Krushelnitsky, who competed in curling, was suspected of testing positive for meldonium, a banned substance that increases blood flow.19 February 2018
China's private investment funds rose 660 billion yuan in January to reach 11.76 trillion yuan, according to the Asset Management Association of China.19 February 2018
Copyright 1995 - 2017. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily. Without written authorization from China Daily, such content shall not be republished or used in any form.