Twenty years on from the original allegations made against Woody Allen by his then- partner's (Mia Farrow) adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, are still very present. Following an open letter which Dylan wrote for the New York Times, it recounts the effect that the alleged abuse has had on her since the time in which she says it happened (as a seven year old child in 1992) and also appeals to Woody's collaborators and stars:
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? 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?
It directly addresses some of his famous 'muses' including Cate Blanchett who already managed to dodge the tricky appeal, simply stating that she hoped that 'all would find their peace'. Scarlett Johansson, who has appeared in three of Allen's films: Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona- is also refusing to address the call to arms, where she finally spoke out about it during an interview with the Guardian published Saturday, March 15:
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. That just feels irresponsible to me. I'm unaware that there's been a backlash. 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. 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.
Johansson was also asked if she thought it would alter her perception of Allen, where her response was:
I don't know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.
Following Dylan Farrow's letter, many stood in support of her claims including Lena Dunham who said that her actions were 'courageous'; however Allen still to this day maintains his innocence.
Do you think Johansson is right to not comment on the allegations and take sides?
I think Johansson