Scarlett Johansson has said it would be “guesswork” for her to comment on claims that Woody Allen sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow.
Speaking about the situation for the first time, the 29-year-old actress criticised Farrow for implicating her and other actors by naming them in an open letter published in the New York Times last month.
Farrow wrote that in 1992 the director took her up to the “dim, closet-like attic” of their home in Connecticut, told her to lie on her stomach and play with her brother’s train set, and sexually assaulted her.
“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?” the letter reads.
But Johansson, who has appeared in films by the director including Vicky Cristina Barcelona, told the Guardian: “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,” she added.
When asked what she thought of the backlash against Allen, she replied: “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,” she said, adding: “I don't know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other."
Her comments come after Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin sought to distance themselves from the allegations days after the letter was released.
Allen vehemently denies the claims, and alleged in a lengthy essay for the New York Times that Mia, Dylan's mother, coached the young girl to say Allen abused her as revenge for their “acrimonious breakup”.