Scarlett Johansson voices support for Woody Allen over historic sex assault allegations

Scarlett Johansson has come out in defense of Woody Allen in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying she doesn’t believe claims the director sexually abused his adopted daughter back in the early 1990s.

Johansson, 34, who has starred in three of Allen’s films told the publication on Wednesday: ‘I love Woody. 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.’ 

Back in 1992, Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, claimed Allen sexually abused at the Connecticut home she shared with her mother, Allen’s partner Mia Farrow. 

Scarlett Johansson has come out in defense of Woody Allen in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter , saying she doesn't believe claims the director sexually abused his adopted daughter back in the early 1990s

Scarlett Johansson has come out in defense of Woody Allen in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter , saying she doesn't believe claims the director sexually abused his adopted daughter back in the early 1990s

Scarlett Johansson has come out in defense of Woody Allen in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter , saying she doesn’t believe claims the director sexually abused his adopted daughter back in the early 1990s 

'He maintains his innocence, and I believe him,' Johansson saif of Allen in the new interview. The pair are pictured together in 2008

'He maintains his innocence, and I believe him,' Johansson saif of Allen in the new interview. The pair are pictured together in 2008

‘He maintains his innocence, and I believe him,’ Johansson saif of Allen in the new interview. The pair are pictured together in 2008

At the time of the alleged abuse, Farrow was just seven years old.  

She worked with Allen, on three movies – Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. 

Meanwhile, Allen’s last film, A Rainy Day in New York with Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Kelly Rohrbach, was shelved in the US but released overseas. 

Candid: Scarlett Johansson took the cover of The Hollywood Reporter this week

Candid: Scarlett Johansson took the cover of The Hollywood Reporter this week

Candid: Scarlett Johansson took the cover of The Hollywood Reporter this week

On the set of Scoop; the film was released in 2006

On the set of Scoop; the film was released in 2006

Another hit: In 2005 Scarlett was the femme fatale turned problem in Match Point

Another hit: In 2005 Scarlett was the femme fatale turned problem in Match Point

Allen files: On the set of Scoop, left; the film was released in 2006. In 2005 Scarlett was the femme fatale turned problem in Match Point, right

A classic: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which also starred Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, was well received in 2008

A classic: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which also starred Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, was well received in 2008

A classic: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which also starred Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, was well received in 2008

‘I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,’ said Scarlett.

‘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.’

His last film, A Rainy Day in New York with Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Kelly Rohrbach, was shelved in the US but released overseas. 

Meanwhile, The Horse Whisperer actress was not afraid to talk the 2020 election.

Her role model: '[Warren] feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic. It's not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There's a strategy there,' said the mother-of-one,' said ScarJo

Her role model: '[Warren] feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic. It's not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There's a strategy there,' said the mother-of-one,' said ScarJo

Her role model: ‘[Warren] feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic. It’s not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There’s a strategy there,’ said the mother-of-one,’ said ScarJo

She told the HoRepo that she is backing Elizabeth Warren.

‘[Warren] feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic. It’s not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There’s a strategy there,’ said the mother-of-one.

And she also expressed that she is frustrated that people do not vote.

‘I really believe if people actually did vote, our government would look the way it’s supposed to, but people just don’t vote. It baffles me,’ admitted the ex-wife of Ryan Reynolds.

Prez Warren? Here the candidate, who has an impressive resume and is doing well in early polls, is seen campaigning at a house party in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire on Monday

Prez Warren? Here the candidate, who has an impressive resume and is doing well in early polls, is seen campaigning at a house party in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire on Monday

Prez Warren? Here the candidate, who has an impressive resume and is doing well in early polls, is seen campaigning at a house party in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire on Monday

New work: Then the conversation turned to her new project. The story is about divorce, a subject she is familiar with. She is divorced from Reynolds and also French journalist Romain Dauriac with whom she has daughter Rose

New work: Then the conversation turned to her new project. The story is about divorce, a subject she is familiar with. She is divorced from Reynolds and also French journalist Romain Dauriac with whom she has daughter Rose

New work: Then the conversation turned to her new project. The story is about divorce, a subject she is familiar with. She is divorced from Reynolds and also French journalist Romain Dauriac with whom she has daughter Rose

Scarlett also shared her opinion on the Time’s Up movement.

‘It was almost like you found something you didn’t even realize you needed,’ Johansson says of the conversations she began having with her female colleagues. ‘It was when I first understood what the word ‘triggering’ actually meant. Now it’s part of the zeitgeist, but it was like, ‘Oh. Oh, the thing I’m feeling. That’s what triggering means.’ I didn’t know. Suddenly, you didn’t have to take it anymore.’

Scarlett with fiance Colin Jost in April

Scarlett with fiance Colin Jost in April

Scarlett with fiance Colin Jost in April

Then the conversation turned to her new project.

The story is about divorce, a subject she is familiar with.

She is divorced from Reynolds and also French journalist Romain Dauriac with whom she has daughter Rose Dorothy, aged five.

‘I talked a lot about the actual experience of divorce because I was in the middle of the process [while shooting Marriage Story],’ said the New Yorker.

‘We talked about becoming a parent, and our parents. The expectation that comes with being in any kind of a relationship, and the disappointment that can come with that expectation.’

On being an awards contender: ‘I haven’t really been involved in the mix of awards season for a long time, so I’m not sure how I feel exactly. Maybe a little out of my element?’

The curvy wonder also said she wants more than to be a pretty star.

She also is into directing films.

‘Before, I was more focused on my acting career. Now, I’d happily take the time to develop something to direct. I’ve actively looked for a long time and just haven’t found the right fit.’ 

Lady in red: Here the siren is seen on the red carpet ahead of the Marriage Story screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 29 in Venice, Italy

Lady in red: Here the siren is seen on the red carpet ahead of the Marriage Story screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 29 in Venice, Italy

Lady in red: Here the siren is seen on the red carpet ahead of the Marriage Story screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 29 in Venice, Italy

 

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