US actress Scarlett Johansson leaves the Lido Beach at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 30 August 2019. (Photo/Ansa Via AP/Ettore Ferrari)

Scarlett Johansson stands by Woody Allen: 'I believe him'


Scarlett Johansson says she's standing by Woody Allen because, "I believe him."

Much of Hollywood has distanced itself from the filmmaker since the MeToo movement prompted a re-examination of child sexual abuse allegations from his now-grown daughter, Dylan. Michael Caine, Timothee Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are among the actors who have publicly expressed regret over working with him.

"I love Woody," Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."

Allen helped boost Johansson to the A-list. He directed her in "Match Point," ''Scoop" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She said she has spoken to Allen about the accusations and he maintains his innocence. He has never been criminally charged.

Johansson is active in women's issues and was among early supporters of Time's Up.

"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. It's an intense time."

Johansson said she has had numerous conversations with Allen about his past.

"I have been very direct with him, and he's very direct with me," she said.

Allen has yet to find a U.S. distributor for his films since Amazon pulled his deal last year. Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon.

At the Women's March in Washington last year, Johansson spoke about the importance of Planned Parenthood and women's health. She criticized James Franco for wearing a Time's Up pin to the Golden Globes just before the Los Angeles Times reported that five women accused him of sexual misconduct. Franco denies the allegations.

A spokesman for Johansson did not immediately respond Wednesday to an email seeking additional comment.

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So many allegations out there with no real proof. If there is no real proof, I neither believe nor disbelieve.....cause I have no proof either way! Its so simple, yet most people can't get it for some reason. I guess the reason is they WANT to believe something to badly to be sensible.

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"Match Point" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" were two incredible movies, easily the best of Woody's "current era" and among the best of Johansson's career.

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True, none of us can know what actually happened or didn't happen. Those who back Mia Farrow's claims of the abuse of her daughter by Allen know no more than Scarlett does, but they're the ones who feel they have the moral momentum, even though there's no proof, massive division as to the "facts" within the family itself, and investigators have concluded there aren't enough grounds for a prosecution.

Accusation doesn't equal guilt, and the too-often accepted notion that it does is the dark side of the #MeToo movement. At least Scarlett Johansson has made the praiseworthy decision to make her own mind up and not to join the lynch mob.

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@BigYen What you missed is that with the nearly dozen people in the house at the time, including other adopted children, their three friends, the babysitters of both groups and a French tutor, everyone has a different story, and while some stories come out against Allen, others contradict and so come out in Allen's favor. Plus Mia Farrow does seem rather vindictive and attempting to manipulate the facts and the testimony of Dylan. But what is not being said is that some people support the idea that women have some sort of right to be vindictive and manipulate facts and so jump on Mia's bandwagon immediately.

But I feel the need to repeat that none of this means I think it did or did not happen, merely that there is not evidence to know.

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know no more than Scarlett does,

She knows nothing so why is she talking ? It's the same woman that showed up at an event with a speech from Weinstein's accusors wearing a Marquesa dress (Weinstein's brand that he was forcing actresses to wear at premieres) saying "What if I like the style of the dress ?". She is a really toxic celeb that tries to steal the show by meddling in other's dramas.

the nearly dozen people in the house at the time, including other adopted children, their three friends, the babysitters of both groups and a French tutor, everyone has a different story, 

As Ronan Farrow puts it, everybody agrees on the core story : "My father got married with my sister.".

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His affair with Soon-Yi Previn was a step enough too far to sink him. Cherypicking from among your own adopted children? That was sordid enough. The world would not end without his movies.

Personally, I think he went passed his best, and the joke got old, a long time ago and now it's just 'Woody Allen doing a Woody Allen movie; and having the actors irritatingly act out his neurotic self.

Was Farrow the first to have one of those celebrity "United Nations/charity" families?

Then I'd add to the equation the risk of liberal idealism gone sour. And all the legal shenanigans and money wrestling that followed suggests very sour indeed.

Epstein, Weinstein, Polanksi, Allen, even Johansson. We're kind of developing a certain unfortunate theme here against all statistical probability and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Hollywood really needs to broaden its gene pool, and not by dating your own children.

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