Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out for First Time About Dylan Farrow’s ‘New York Times’ Open Letter
In the open letter, Farrow details alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her adopted father, acclaimed director Woody Allen, and openly shames some of his films’ stars for turning an apparent blind eye.
“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?” Farrow wrote.
Johansson called her remarks “irresponsible.”
“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 told The Guardian. “That just feels irresponsible to me.”
Allen, in turn, wrote his own response to Farrow’s claims that he molested her when she was seven, allegations that first surfaced 21 years ago at which time he was never convicted and he has maintained his innocence ever since.
She adds that her professional relationship with Allen has nothing to do with his personal matters she knows nothing about.
“I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other,” she added.
“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,” Johansson said. “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.”