Scarlett Johansson spoke out in Woody Allen’s defense and told The Hollywood Reporter that she did not believe the director had sexually abused his adopted daughter in the early 1990s.
Johansson said to Wednesday’s publishing:’ I love Woody. I think him and at any time I’d work with him.’
Johansson said she has no concerns about working on three mid-2000s movies with Allen–Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Johansson, who worked on three movies with Allen, said she had discussions about the charges with him and that she “thinks him” when he “keeps his innocence.”
She said, “I was very direct with him, and with me, he’s very direct. He retains his innocence, and I think him. “Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, stated that she had sexually abused Allen at the Connecticut home with her mom, Allen’s partner Mia Farrow, back in 1992. Dylan Farrow was only seven years old at the moment of the supposed abuse.
A subsequent court case in 1993 concluded that there was no proof of the allegation of sexual abuse, and Allen remained innocent to this day. Despite the highly publicized trial, which was amplified by the news that he had started a consensual relationship with another child adopted by Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn, he continued to enjoy critical and commercial success.
Because if we’ve learned anything from the past two years it’s that you definitely should believe male predators who “maintain their innocence” without question. Scarlett has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion. https://t.co/S1NmttL9tJ
— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) September 5, 2019
Dylan Farrow continues to stand by her claims against Allen, writing in 2014 a highly publicized open letter in The New York Times, reiterating the abuse. And in the MeToo age, with many actors starring in his movies now stating they regret to do so, Allen has become a bit of a pariah.
In reaction to Scarlett Johnson’s defending remarks for Allen, Farrow wrote on Twitter, “Because if we’ve learned anything from the previous two years, you certainly ought to trust male predators who’ keep their innocence’ without question.” She added that the actor who spoke out against sexual abuse at multiple Time’s Up events –”has a long way to go in understanding the problem.