Scarlett Johansson defends collaboration with Woody Allen, calls Dylan Farrow ‘irresponsible’
Scarlett Johansson and director Woody Allen arrive on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" at the Mann Village Theatre on August 4, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Getty Images
Scarlett Johansson weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
In an open letter in the New York Times, Farrow, 28, described her memories of the alleged abuse, which she said occurred when she was 7 years old.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime,” Farrow wrote. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” she wrote. “That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye.”
Later, she called out specific actors who have worked with Allen.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?” she wrote. “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?”
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Johansson said it was “irresponsible” for Farrow to name her in her open letter.
“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on,” Johansson said. “That just feels irresponsible to me.”
She added she was “unaware” of the recent “backlash” against Allen following Farrow’s allegations.
“I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it,” she said. “It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.
Asked if the controversy had influenced her relationship with the director, she said, “I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.”
Johansson, 29, is one of Allen’s go-to ‘muses’ (she starred in Scoop, Match Point, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and she’s also a faithful fan.
“I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t” want to work with Allen, she told the New Yorkerrecently.
In her Guardian interview, Johansson also defended her partnership with SodaStream, a soda maker company that operates a large factory in the Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
The location of the factory is controversial because many in the international community, including the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, view Israel’s presence in that region as illegal.
In January, Johansson stepped down from her longtime post as Oxfam’s Global Goodwill Ambassador after the organization raised concerns about the actress’s endorsement of SodaStream.
“I stand behind that decision,” Johansson told The Guardian. “I was aware of that particular factory before I signed it…it still doesn’t seem like a problem. Until someone has a solution to the closing of that factory to leaving all those people destitute, that doesn’t seem like the solution to the problem.”