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Scarlett Johansson talks Woody Allen child molestation allegations (videos)

The daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen who alleges her father sexually molested her as a young child stands by her story. Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter in the New York Times on Feb. 1, 2014, after learning the man she describes as molesting her “routinely” was nominated for another Oscar. The letter called to account that very few people stood against her famous father on her behalf, including well-known actresses whom he’s worked with. Included in the list were Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson. Johansson spoke out about the claim and referred to Farrow’s singling her and other actors out as “irresponsible.”

Director Woody Allen and actress Scarlett Johansson attend a photocall to promote their new film 'Match Point' at the Hasler Hotel on December 21, 2005 in Rome, Italy.
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Johansson spoke during an interview with The Guardian saying, “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.” Johansson worked with Allen on several films including “Match Point,” “Scoop,” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Click here for a full Woody Allen filmography.

Johansson also pointed out that Woody Allen has not been charged, prosecuted or convicted of a crime; therefore, it would be wrong for her to make an assumption on Allen.

Continuing, Johansson explained when asked about a backlash Dylan Farrow’s letter caused, “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. 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 also stated, “I don't know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other. "

Interestingly, Dylan Farrow asked the celebrities mentioned in her letter, as well as the general public to imagine their seven-year-old daughters being in a situation of sexual abuse and child molestation at the hands of Woody Allen.

Farrow wrote in her letter, “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?

Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.

Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?”

Scarlett Johansson wasn’t pregnant or a mother throughout the times she’s worked with Allen. Now the actress is pregnant. It would be interesting to see if her opinion towards Allen will change once she becomes a mother.

Johansson brings up a valid point – Allen has never been convicted of child molestation. Dylan Farrow’s argument and opinion would have more weight if there had been a court conviction. Nevertheless, as history shows us, a good director can see his films outlast a child-sex scandal.

Just look at Roman Polanski.

What do you think about Dylan Farrow’s letter, Woody Allen, the child molestation allegations and Scarlett Johannson’s approach to the subject? Do you agree or disagree?

Charisse Van Horn is the owner of the Crime and Courts News Blog that features live, streaming trial coverage online. View the George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias archives or Oscar Pistorius trial live online. You may follow Crime and Courts News on Facebook as well.

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