Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen: 'I would work with him any time'

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen  arrives at The Los Angeles Premiere of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"  at the Mann Village Theatre on August 4, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen arrives at premiere of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", 2008. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Scarlett Johansson has defended the reputation of director Woody Allen saying she’d be happy to work with him again in the future.

"I love Woody," she told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."

The director’s past has come under scrutiny in the Me Too era with Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against her father resurfacing. The director has repeatedly denied the claims that were first made in 1992, but some Hollywood stars - including Timothée Chalamet and Greta Gerwig - have distanced themselves from the filmmaker, expressing regrets at having worked with him in the past.

His production deal with Amazon soured in the wake of the allegations and was cancelled in 2018. He’s since struggled to find distributors for his films in North America.

Johansson - who starred in Allen’s 2008 drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona - stands by Allen’s denials, and says she’s challenged the filmmaker directly about the accusations.

U.S. film director Woody Allen, right, gives instruction to U.S. actress Scarlett  Johansson on the first day's filming of his new movie in Barcelona, Spain, Monday July 9, 2007.  Woody Allen has said he hopes to create a portrait  of the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on a par with his 1979 film, "Manhattan." The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem,  is not yet titled. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
U.S. film director Woody Allen, right, gives instruction to U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson on the first day's filming of his new movie in Barcelona, Spain, Monday July 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

"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."

The remarks from the Avengers: Endgame star chime with recent comments from British actress Samantha Morton who said she didn’t regret working with the Manhattan director.

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“I don't have any regrets,” Morton, who starred in Allen’s movie Sweet and Lowdown in 1999, told Vanity Fair. “I’m terribly sorry for the situation that is publicly known.

“It’s heartbreaking. I was sexually abused. Some of the people that hurt me can’t be brought to justice for complications of time. I have full sympathy for anybody who says that happens to them, and it needs to be taken incredibly seriously.”

“But if I look back at the situation that I was in, where I was working for a director who was kind, funny and wonderful to work with... it changed my life. And I’m forever grateful for that.”

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017 file photo, director Woody Allen attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" in New York. On Friday, April 12, 2019, an Amazon lawyer said the filmmaker breached his four-movie deal with the online giant by making statements about the #MeToo movement that damaged prospects for promoting his films. Attorney Robert Klieger told a Manhattan federal judge that the company protected itself after Allen made comments that at a minimum were insensitive. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Woody Allen attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

“I can’t now go back [and change anything]... It’s such a funny world we live in now. I’m still learning to navigate it all.”

Allen is currently suing Amazon for $68 million (£56 million) for going back on a multi-movie deal, which has left his most recent film, A Rainy Day In New York, unreleased, despite having been finished for over a year.

In a recent ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote wrote that Amazon's partial motion to dismiss the case had been granted.

Now, according to Deadline, Allen will have to prove that it wrongfully went back on their contract with each film individually.