Scarlett Johansson has come under a bit of heat after she moved to defend the director Woody Allen after a host of sexual abuse allegations being levied at the filmmaker.
Johansson has been involved with three Woody Allen films, Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona and was steadfast in her defense of the iconic bespectacled director.
She said in the conversation with The Hollywood Reporter: “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him any time. I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it (the allegations against him). 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 added. “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.”
The pressure on Allen has seen him not only find a contemptuous audience but also saw him dropped by Amazon after allegations that he sexually assaulted Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, again resurfaced.
Farrow said at the time: “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.”
It has led to a new interview with Vanity Fair, in which, Johansson has motioned to clarify her comments. She said, “I don’t know – I feel the way I feel about it. It’s my experience. I don’t know any more than any other person knows. I only have a close proximity with Woody… he’s a friend of mine. But I have no other insight other than my relationship with him.”
Johansson was then asked if she could understand how her comments may have felt like the actor wasn’t believing victims who chose to speak out. The actor said, “Yeah, I do understand how that is triggering for some people. But just because I believe my friend does not mean that I don’t support women, believe women. I think you have to take it on a case-by-case basis. You can’t have this blanket statement—I don’t believe that. But that’s my personal belief. That’s how I feel.”