Scarlett Johansson spoke out in defense of Woody Allen, telling The Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t believe that the director sexually abused his adopted daughter back in the early 1990s.
Johansson told the publication on Wednesday: ‘I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime’.
Johansson said that she has no worries about working with Allen on three films in the mid-2000s – Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
Johansson, who has worked with Allen on three films, said that she has had conversations with him about the accusations and that she “believes him” when he “maintains his innocence”.
She said that “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
Back in 1992, Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, claimed Allen sexually abused at the Connecticut home she shared with her mother, Allen’s partner Mia Farrow. At the time of the alleged abuse, Dylan Farrow was just seven years old.
A subsequent court case in 1993 concluded that the allegation of sexual abuse had not been proven, and Allen has maintained his innocent to this day. He continued to enjoy critical and commercial success despite the highly-publicized trial, which was amplified by the news that he had begun a consensual relationship with another of Mia Farrow’s adopted children, Soon-Yi Previn.
Dylan Farrow continues to stand by her allegations against Allen, writing a highly-publicized open letter in The New York Times in 2014, reiterating that the abuse took place. And in the MeToo era, Allen has become a somewhat of a pariah with many actors who starred in his films now saying they regret doing so.
Farrow wrote on Twitter in response to Scarlett Johnson’s defending comments for Allen, “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.”
She added that the actor who has spoken out against sexual harassment at various Time’s Up events – “has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion”.
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