12:47 am - 03/17/2014

Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out on Woody Allen Abuse Controversy: ‘It’s All Guesswork’

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.


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firefox1490 16th-Mar-2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
peddlestools 16th-Mar-2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
noon 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
peggybundy 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
maryjanewatson 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
likegunfire 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
is anyone surprised she said this?
brosling 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
headswillroll88 16th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
pillsburydoughb 16th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I would have guessed Natalie Portman but not ScarJo.
likegunfire 16th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
honestly natalie & scarjo are interchangeable
kwikimart 16th-Mar-2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! Where is that little asshole?
espressotorte 16th-Mar-2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
not at all.
boogalooshaman 16th-Mar-2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
yeah a bit, tbh.
liliana_ 16th-Mar-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
Sadly no. The best we could've hoped for was silence in her case. She was NEVER going to say a word against him.
phammypak 16th-Mar-2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Not at all.
sallgoodman 16th-Mar-2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Honestly, no. This stuff has been around for a long time and she chose to work with him anyway. She made her mind up then
dirrtypony 16th-Mar-2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
not one bit
igbywentdown 16th-Mar-2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
nope, she's always been a dumbass
whiskybars 16th-Mar-2014 11:29 pm (UTC)

she's on a portman level of ignorant, idg why people are so surprised
misscrystal 16th-Mar-2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
No, but she kind of has a point.

One one hand, she is right about it being irresponsible to drag people like her and Cate Blanchette into what is a very serious situation that they know fuck all about, and expecting them to comment on it.
That is really and impossible, and unfair position for someone when they know accused (or think they do) and have never met the accuser.

On the other hand, she really should have kept her mouth shut or left it at "I don't know I can't comment."
fudgepacking 16th-Mar-2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. I thought she'd keep her mouth shut and avoid feeding into the controversy.
deadendqueen16 16th-Mar-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
Not at all
mjspice 17th-Mar-2014 01:04 am (UTC)
After her SodaStream scandal, nope.
rabbitncavylove 17th-Mar-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
Yeah but only because she could have just said no comment or something like it
yamashita_nana 17th-Mar-2014 03:23 am (UTC)
i'm not in the least bit surprised.
wetnasty 17th-Mar-2014 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm not. She has always been an awful insufferable white bitch, I'm shocked personally that white people find this news.
malhy 17th-Mar-2014 07:44 am (UTC)
Not at all
annadraper 17th-Mar-2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
arielazul_22 17th-Mar-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
no, she was woody's ~muse after all...*deep sigh*
espressotorte 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
RIP ScarJo
dnttllhrry 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
Celebrities shouldn't comment on this at all unless they know something specific about this situation.
They just come out looking dumb and semi defending him.
fauxparadiso 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
river1728 16th-Mar-2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
lol That's what I love about this. She is mad because she got too many Google alerts, not because a child was molested. I knew there was a reason I didn't like her. What an idiot.
firefox1490 16th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
6tormy 16th-Mar-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
But that's her point tho. She doesn't know ANYTHING about the situation. Dylan called her out in the letter. Scarjo is basically saying that she can't say anything because she doesn't know anything.
ophiodeiros 16th-Mar-2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Pretty much.

Stop asking famous faces what they think, it's only dispersing the attention from the actual culprit Allen, while they all remain diplomatic at best or outright defending assholes at worst.
blue_birds 16th-Mar-2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
m t e

like, they'll be in deep shit either way because there will be ppl who'll get pissed at them for not saying anything but... it's better to stay mum than walking a thin line and showing your ass to the world in this case tbh. Especially if they know nothing of the situation.

Edited at 2014-03-16 11:01 pm (UTC)
prophecypro 16th-Mar-2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
lol I kinda feel like this what she was trying to say but from the other perspective
bprorsum 17th-Mar-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
So, who should comment on this situation?
fauxparadiso 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
lol I'm amazed how unlikeable she's become.
brosling 16th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
when was she likable?
espressotorte 16th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
ikr. I never got everyone's hard on for her.
zyuranger 16th-Mar-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Even the CG spiders in Eight Legged Freaks were more likable.
traversant 16th-Mar-2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
For a split second after Lost in Translation?
blue_birds 16th-Mar-2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
lol right?
spacebound09 16th-Mar-2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
but what she did to be deemed "never been likable" tho? (before this year controversy obv)
x0sweetbliss 16th-Mar-2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
tracerbullitt 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she would have been smart to avoid this subject altogether. She's been qt during the Cap 2 press tour, so I don't really feel like sideeyeing her rn, lol.
weatherstaff 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
2014 has added another person to my list.
peggybundy 16th-Mar-2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
yeah. i was hmmm @ her over the oxfam ordeal but now this? idk, she seems really dumb lol
weatherstaff 16th-Mar-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
i mean i should have known because i know that the two are friends and are kind of close, but just ugh.
sandstorm 16th-Mar-2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
At this rate, I simply cannot keep up.
robintheshrew 17th-Mar-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
I added her a while ago but yeah, this list is getting long smh
hisjulliet 17th-Mar-2014 06:42 am (UTC)
bakemonos 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
What a stupid fucking broad.
devolute 16th-Mar-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
now now
bakemonos 16th-Mar-2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
To complete dismiss a victim's testimony because it is something that she "doesn't know about" and not even to side eye him is fucking ridiculous. I understand she needs to work and needs to remain relevant in some way but god DAMN. Keep that victim blaming shit to yourself.
zoaster_toaster 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's guesswork if Woody's "alleged" victim has actually spoken out about it. Either way, this is a mess of a statement from ScarJo.
peddlestools 16th-Mar-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
i get the impression she's not super smart
banana68 16th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
and she thinks she is
brosling 16th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
which is the worst
noon 16th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
pillsburydoughb 16th-Mar-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
On her SAT grades:

'I got a 1,080, which was pretty low. But that was probably because I didn't answer half of the math questions.'
hazejournal 16th-Mar-2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
kwikimart 16th-Mar-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
That's why I've never liked her
Even the man she dates are psuedo intellectuals that she dates so she can feel superior e.g. Sean Penn
teperizada 16th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
she seems Natalie Portmanish levels of semi-educated foolishness imo
ndobler 16th-Mar-2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
bill murray agrees with you
solsty 16th-Mar-2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
Honestly, that's my impression too.
the_pinkdress 16th-Mar-2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
she was on the daily show recently and jon stewart was trying to ask her some semi-intelligent questions about 'her' and she clearly had fuckall to say.
anus 16th-Mar-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm more shocked when celebs are intelligent. Most talk about how math and shit was too hard for them to comprehend.
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