Scarlett Johansson believes controversial director Woody Allen is innocent of the allegations that he sexually abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a young girl.
“I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter in a feature published Wednesday.
Johansson, who has worked with Allen on films including “Match Point” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” did not condemn Allen like many of her Hollywood peers have. Since Farrow spoke out in 1992, Allen, 83, has continually denied the accusations that he molested her.
In the wake of the Me Too movement, Farrow continued to speak out against Allen, spurring many stars to distance themselves from the director. Johansson, however, told THR that she believes Allen is innocent and fully supports him.
11 PHOTOSDylan Farrow through the yearsSee GalleryDylan Farrow through the yearsNEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26:Dylan Farrow and Mia Farrow attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time’s Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City.(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26:Mia Farrow (L) and Dylan Farrow attend 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time’s Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City.(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan Farrow arrive at the Shubert Theatre on W. 44th St. for the opening night performance of the musical revival ‘Gypsy.'(Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)NEW YORK – MAY 1:Mia Farrow (R) and daughter Dylan Farrow (L) arrive at the Opening Night of ‘Gypsy’ on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)Actor/director Woody Allen (2R) and actress Mia Farrow (C, holding her daughter Dylan) w. her children (L-R) Soon Yi, Fletcher, and Misha.(Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)Actor/director Woody Allen (L) w. Dylan Farrow (2L) and her mother, actress Mia Farrow (R), and Allen and Farrow’s son Satchel (2R).(Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)Actress Mia Farrow (holding son Satchel) and daughter Dylan.(Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)UNITED STATES – :Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, and their children Dylan and Satchel, 13th January 1988.(Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)Woody Allen and daughter Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)Actor/director Woody Allen (R) w. actress Mia Farrow (holding their son Satchel), and Farrow’s daughter Dylan (2R).(Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)Woody Allen and Mia Farrow discuss scene before she takes Dylan Farrow and Satchel to the wings. Woody directed shots from the other side of the Abingdon Square Park fence. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)Up Next
“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it,” she said. “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
Johansson added that “it’s an intense time” to discuss sexual abuse accusations like those Allen is facing.
“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she said. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, and rightfully so.”
Other big stars have also continued to work with Allen despite the allegations against him, including Justin Timberlake, Javier Bardem, Blake Lively and Kate Winslet.
20 PHOTOSWoody Allen and Soon-YiSee GalleryWoody Allen and Soon-YiWoody Allen (L) and Soon-Yi Previn arrive for the premiere of Allen’s movie, “Everyone Says I Love You,” in New York January 9. The movie is the first musical written and directed by Allen. It was filmed in New York, Paris, and Venice.PREMIERE ALLENU.S. actor and filmaker Woody Allen kisses Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former lover Mia Farrow, in a gondola in Venice’s Grand Canal December 24. Allen 62, and Previn, 27, were married in a secret civil ceremony December 23, officiated by Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari, at the imposing Palazzo Cavalli.ITALY ALLENActor and director Woody Allen (R) sits next to his new wife Soon-Yi at the New York Knicks versus Orlando Magic basketball game, January 3 in Madison Square Garden. The couple were married last week in Venice.ALLENU.S. actor and director Woody Allen (L) and Soon-Yi Previn watch the final [between Pete Sampras and Marat Safin] at the U.S. Open in New York September 10, 2000.U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi arrive at the Venice MoviePalace August 27, 2003. Allen film ‘Anything Else’ is set to kick off the60th annual Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Tony GentilePP03080098TGComic and film director Woody Allen and his wife, Soon Yi Previn (obscured-left) and children watch the Cleveland Cavaliers play the New York Knicks in an NBA game in New York’s Madison Square Garden, January 28, 2005. REUTERS/Ray StubblebineRFSU.S. director Woody Allen (L) arrives with his wife Soon Yi Previn during red carpet arrivals for the out of competition screening of his film “Match Point” at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005.Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Match Point” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles December 8, 2005. The movie tells the story of former tennis pro Chris who falls for Nola who happens to be dating one of Chris’ friends. The movie opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 28. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniU.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi arrives at the Cinema Palace in Venice September 2, 2007. Allen’s movie”Cassandra’s Dream” is being shown at the Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi( ITALY)U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi arrive for the screening of his film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008.REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier(FRANCE)Director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi pose at the premiere of the film “Whatever Works” in Paris June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi (R) leave after the screening of the film “You will meet a tall dark stranger” at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)U.S. film director Woody Allen poses with his wife Soon-Yi Previn during a photocall before a screening of his latest film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” in Aviles, northern Spain, August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer (SPAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)Director of the movie and cast member Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn pose at the premiere of “To Rome with Love” during the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2012. The movie opens limitedly in the U.S. on June 22.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi Previn pose during the premiere of his film “To Rome with Love” in Rome April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)Director Woody Allen arrives with his wife Soon-Yi Previn for the premiere of his film “Magic in the Moonlight” in New York July 17, 2014.REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film “Irrational Man” out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Director Woody Allen and his wifre Soon-Yi Previn pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Cafe Society” out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes,May 11, 2016.FranceREUTERS/Eric GaillardNEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 27:Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen attend The Art Show Gala Preview at Park Avenue Armory on February 27, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 13:Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen attend the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)Up Next
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