“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.” – Scarlett Johanssen
Scarlett Johanssen is a woman of many talents. She’s played a Japanese woman, a wooden spider, and had ambitions to play a tree as well as a transexual before deciding the world just wouldn’t be ready for that performance. Apparently, her skills extend beyond acting to the criminal justice realm, as she’s just made a statement to THR about many a thing, to include proclaiming her belief in the innocence of one Woody Allen.
If you’ve somehow never been read in on the reason Amazon has distanced themselves from the 83-year-old director in recent months, let’s have a chat. Way back when in the year of our lord 1992, Allen is alleged to have sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, who was seven years old, at the time.
Allen has maintained that this story was made up by Mia Farrow, whom he’d been with for 12 years, prior to this event, despite the fact that she’d never told the police about this allegation. His basis for this claim is that the elder Farrow invented this story out of spite once she learned he’d been having an affair with their other adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who Allen married in 1997. Though the Connecticut State’s Attorney elected not to indict Allen, Dylan Farrow has continued to repeat the allegation in her adulthood.
ScarJo was asked about the accusation when talking with THR and gave her full-throated support for the outcast director.
“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
A prominent supporter of the “Time’s Up” movement in Hollywood, this is a marked departure from one of the tenants of the movement, which is related to believing women when they raise accusations of sexual assault, as Johansson did when her friend James Franco was accused of sexual misconduct, which he also denies.
For Johansson, it’s likely Allen’s strong denial of the accusation that swayed her. Were it not for the fact that Franco was in therapy for inappropriate behavior towards the accuser before the allegations were made public, his behavior was found to be “grossly inappropriate” by a judge overseeing the case who determined that measures had to be taken to protect the victim, that the victim’s testimony was consistent with several witnesses that were present throughout the day and that the DA’s office determined there was probable cause to move forward with an indictment, maybe ScarJo would have believed Franco too. [Checks notes] Oh, wait, no, all those things are true of Allen’s case, not Franco. Silly me.
The Connecticut DA’s office cited a lack of credible evidence and the fragility of the child in their decision not to move forward with the case, to include the statement of one Dylan Farrow, who, when being interviewed with anatomical dolls, told authorities that she knew how they fit together because she and her brother had witnessed Allen having intercourse with Soon Yi. “Daddies do not do this,” she told the officers, “Daddies are not supposed to act like boyfriends.”
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