Scarlett Johansson: Dragging Actors Into Woody Allen Scandal Is “Irresponsible,” Abuse Allegations Are “Guesswork”

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Scarlett Johansson addresses the Woody Allen sexual abuse scandal for the first time in a new interview.

The actress has starred in three movies helmed by Allen — Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona — and was called out by Dylan Farrow in her open letter alleging she was molested by the filmmaker as a child.

“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?” wrote Farrow in The New York Times.

Despite their professional association, Johansson makes clear she was not okay with being dragged into the family’s issue.

“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,” she tells The Guardian.

Asked for a reaction to the “backlash” against Allen, Johansson replies, “I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash.”

She goes on, “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.”

The actress, described by the British paper as “flustered,” also declines to say whether the controversy has affected her relationship with Allen, or changed the way she views him.

“I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other,” says the star.

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