Woody Allen has a defender in frequent collaborator Scarlett Johansson.
The actress, 34, told The Hollywood Reporter in its new cover story that she wouldn’t hesitate to work again with Allen, who has been accused by estranged daughter Dylan Farrow of sexual abuse.
“I love Woody,” Johansson said. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
Allen, 83, has directed Johansson in “Match Point,” “Scoop” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Although much of Hollywood has distanced itself from Allen in light of the resurfaced allegations and #MeToo movement, Johansson said she feels adamant about sticking by his side.
“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it,” she explained. “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”
Johansson said she understood that it’s difficult to defend Allen given the socio-political climate in Hollywood, but wouldn’t back down from believing in his innocence.
“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she said. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, and rightfully so. It’s an intense time.”