Scarlett Johansson believes it was "irresponsible" for Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow to name actors and actresses in the letter Farrow published last month that accused Allen of molesting her when she was a child.
"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, who was one of the actresses Farrow mentioned by name, tells The Guardian. "That just feels irresponsible to me."
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In Farrow's letter, which was published in the New York Times last month, she mentions such stars as Johansson, Cate Blanchett and Diane Keaton, who have worked with and praised the director. "Imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen," Farrow wrote. "Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter."
Though many people have pledged their support for Farrow, Johansson tells The Guardian she's "unaware that there's been a backlash" against Allen since the letter's publication. "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," she says. "It's all guesswork."
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Allen was never prosecuted based on Farrow's claims, which first came to light in 1992. He has consistently maintained his innocence and wrote his own response to Farrow's letter in the New York Times last month.
For her part, Johansson is opting to remain neutral. "I don't know anything about it," she tellsThe Guardian. "It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other."
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