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Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen: Dylan 'Irresponsible' to Mention Celebs

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Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 10:32 AM

By Alexandra Ward


Scarlett Johansson thinks it was "irresponsible" of Dylan Farrow to name her in last month's open letter detailing Woody Allen's alleged sexual abuse.

Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, finally opened up and broke her silence about the years of abuse she reportedly endured at the hands of Allen. Starting when she was just 7 years old, the famed movie director would allegedly sexually abuse her and hide it from her mother, Farrow wrote in an open letter published by The New York Times last month.

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"These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal," Farrow, who is now married, wrote. "I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. For so long, Woody Allen's acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away."

"Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime," the letter continued. "That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. 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?"

But Johansson, who's appeared in many Allen movies like "Match Point," "Scoop," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," didn’t take kindly to being thrown into the fray.

"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," the actress said in an interview with The Guardian over the weekend. "That just feels irresponsible to me."

"I think [Allen will] continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I'm sure the other people involved have their own experience with it," she added. "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 claims against Allen are nothing new. In 1992, the filmmaker split with longtime partner Mia Farrow after the actress discovered he was having an affair with her 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

In the custody battle that followed, Farrow accused Allen of molesting Dylan Farrow, who was 7 years old at the time, but no charges were ever filed. Dylan Farrow first spoke publicly about the abuse in an October 2013 interview in Vanity Fair.

"There's a lot I don't remember, but what happened in the attic I remember," she told special correspondent Maureen Orth. "The things making me uncomfortable were making me think I was a bad kid, because I didn't want to do what my elder told me to do."

Allen has always vehemently denied the allegations against him. Through his publicist, he called Farrow's open letter "untrue and disgraceful."

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