Scarlett Johansson has spoken for the first time about the Woody Allen sexual abuse allegations since being called out in Dylan Farrow’s open letter last month, and she calls the criticism “irresponsible.”
Johansson was one of many Hollywood figures, along with Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and others, who were addressed by Allen’s estranged daughter in an open letter detailing Farrow’s alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Allen. Johansson has finally spoken out about the controversy in an interview with the Guardian, published Saturday.
“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.”
Johansson has often been seen as a muse for Allen, appearing in his films “Match Point,” “Scoop” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Upon being asked about the backlash to Allen, the thesp said she didn’t think there was one.
“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash,” she said. “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.”
“I don’t know anything about it,” she went on. “It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other. “
The two have been open about their mutual admiration for each other in the past. Allen has called her “sexually overwhelming” and commented on her “acting ability to be not just a passing pinup girl but a genuinely meaningful actress.” Johansson responded by saying she would “sew the hems of his pants if he asked me to.”
Allen was recently nominated for an Academy Award for “Blue Jasmine,” and Blanchett earned one for her starring role in the drama. Johansson can next be seen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which will be in U.S. theaters April 4.