Scarlett Johansson: I ‘believe’ and ‘love’ Woody Allen and ‘would work with him anytime’
Count Scarlett Johansson as one of Woody Allen’s few remaining supporters.
The actress, who has starred in films by the controversial director including “Match Point” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” says she believes Allen when it comes to accusations that he sexually molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7 years old.
“I love Woody,” Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview out Wednesday. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."
Johansson, 34, didn’t stop there.
“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it," she added. “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
Other actors who previously worked with Allen, including Timothée Chalamet and Natalie Portman, have since come out in support of Farrow.
In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Johansson was less direct about unabashedly voicing support for Allen. “I don’t know anything about it,” she said at the time. “It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.”
That article was published a month after Farrow wrote an open letter in The New York Times, detailing for the first time in public what she allegedly went through.
“I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” Farrow wrote. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.”
In that 2014 piece, Farrow also called out celebrities who had worked with Allen, including Johansson, Cate Blanchett and Emma Stone. She wrote, “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
The alleged abuse happened in 1992 at the Connecticut home of Allen’s ex, and Farrow’s adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. Allen, now 83, has consistently denied the allegations.
Connecticut officials investigated when the allegations first came to light and though the prosecutor found probable cause to press charges, none were filed.