Scarlett Johansson has take the unprecedented moved of standing with controversial film director Woody Allen despite the allegations of serious misconduct made against him.
Allen, who has played a major impact in Johansson’s career, cast her in a number of his projects including the likes of Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona most of which received impressive reviews and box office sales.
Despite being one of modern cinema’s most influential filmmakers, Allen’s reputation has nosedived in recent years due to accusation made against him in the rise of the #MeToo movement. Allen’s recent struggles were compounded when Amazon Studios made the decision to abandon a pre-agreed film deal with Woody Allen amid growing accusations.
It was back in 2016 that Amazon signed Allen to a five-film deal, a time when the longstanding allegations of sexual assault made against Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow began to resurface. The accusations date back to 1992 when Allen was accused by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, who was aged seven at the time, of having sexually assaulted her in the home of her adoptive mother. The alleged assault claimed to have occurred just eight months after Farrow discovered that Allen had been having an affair with a different adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who Allen later married in 1997.
As a result of the claims, high profile actors such as Timothée Chalamet, Kate Winslet, Greta Gerwig and more distancing themselves from previous work with Allen. Despite that, Johansson has come forward in defence of the filmmaker: “I love Woody,” Johansson said in an interview with THR. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
She added: “I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she continued. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, rightfully so. It’s an intense time.”
In more Allen-related news, Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of the director, has given a rare interview to defender her husband against sexual misconduct allegations.
Soon-Yi, the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and musician André Previn, has accused Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow of taking advantage of the #MeToo campaign after she alleged that her father molested her when she was a child.
In 1979, after ending her marriage with Soon-Yi’s adopted father Previn, Mia Farrow began a relationship with Allen. However, their relationship ended in 1992, when Allen began having an intimate relationship with Soon-Yi, her adopted daughter who was 22 years old at the time. Allen later admitted that he had held a ‘paternal’ role of Soon-Yi for a decade.
Now Soon-Yi, who has famously kept her silence for decades, has hit out against the allegations made against her husband in a new interview with Vulture: “What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn said.
“[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan [Farrow] as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”
Back in 1993 an investigation found that Allen had not sexually assaulted Mia Farrow. That said, a judge explained in his ruling that “we will probably never know what occurred on 4 August 1992… Mr Allen’s behaviour toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and… measures must be taken to protect her.”
Dylan Farrow was removed from Allen’s custody.