Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen

Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen

Scarlett Johansson defended the director and their working relations.

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Published: Wed 19 Mar 2014, 6:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:45 PM

WOODY ALLEN HAS given his final statement about the resurfaced allegations that he molested his step-daughter, Dylan Farrow, but his allies and ex continue to make headlines over the high profile dispute.

Speaking at an event in Tulsa last Friday, Mia Farrow made several wry jokes about the situation, which she said “shattered” her family, and then opened up about how Allen diminished her.

“I often am asked, ‘How could anyone possibly not know what was happening,’” Farrow told the audience at Tulsa’s Town Hall. “And the answer is, I think, something that happens to a lot of women. You shrink, as a woman. You allow things to be chiseled away, things that you need to be a strong woman.

“I look back at it now and wonder how I could spend my life with someone who did not share what I see as my purest goals,” Farrow continued. “My family, my ethics, my faith.”

At the same time, Scarlett Johansson, one of the women that took over from Farrow as Allen’s on-screen muse, defended the director and their working relationship.

“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash,” Johansson, who starred in Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point, and Scoop, told The Guardian. “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 is also the subject of a new New Yorker profile, which shied away from her new pregnancy - her publicist was in the room during the interview - but did briefly touch on the Allen situation.

When asked whether she’d work with the filmmaker again, Johansson, described as a loyal fan in the story, said, “I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t.”

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