Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen: 'I believe him'
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Actress Scarlett Johansson is defending Woody Allen in a new interview, saying that she loves the director and finds credible his denial of sexual abuse allegations.

"I love Woody," Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview released Wednesday. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime." 

In 1992, Dylan Farrow accused Allen of sexually assaulting her while he was in a relationship with her mother, Mia Farrow. She has maintained the allegations since then, and she penned an emotional open letter in The New York Times in 2014 describing the abuse and specifically calling out celebrities who have continued to work with Allen, including Johansson. 

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Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Johansson, who has appeared in a number of Allen’s films, including “Match Point” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” said she has been in contact with the director about the allegations.

“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it,” she said. “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”

She also touched on the current “intense time,” referring to the #MeToo movement, which has resulted in sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against dozens of high-profile men, ranging from Harvey Weinstein to former Minnesota Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus MORE (D).

"It's hard because it's a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter. “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."

This is not the first time Johansson has weighed in on allegations of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement. She previously called out actor James Franco over sexual misconduct allegations at the 2018 Women’s March protest in Los Angeles, attacking him for wearing a pin representing the “Time’s Up” organization to the Golden Globes, saying that she wanted her "pin back, by the way."

“How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” Johansson asked at the time.