Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen despite sexual abuse allegations

'Avengers' star believes the film director is innocent of the claims

Afp September 05, 2019
PHOTO: FILE

Scarlett Johansson defended director Woody Allen in an interview published Wednesday, saying she believed he was innocent of sexual assault allegations and that she would "work with him anytime."

Much of Hollywood has distanced itself from Allen since the #MeToo movement gave renewed impetus to lingering accusations he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old in the early 1990s.

Allen was cleared of the charges, first leveled by his then-partner Mia Farrow, after two separate months-long investigations. But Dylan, now an adult, maintains she was abused.

PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: FILE

Oscar-winner Allen has steadfastly denied the accusations but a number of stars, including Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino, have said they would not work with him again.

"I love Woody," Johansson told the Hollywood Reporter. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime," she added.

Scarlett Johansson's latest divorce drama draws inspiration from her own broken marriage

Johansson appeared in Allen's Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. "I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it," Johansson, said referring to the allegations.

"I have been very direct with him, and he's very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him," she added.

PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: FILE

Amazon put Allen's latest film A Rainy Day in New York on ice over the sex abuse allegations, but another distributor will release the film in Europe later this year after it opened in Poland in July.

In February, the US director filed a $68 million suit against Amazon for breach of contract, accusing the streaming giant of canceling the film because of a "baseless" accusation that he sexually abused his adopted daughter.

Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below.

Facebook Conversations

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

Load Next Story