Susan Sarandon, one of Hollywood’s most venerable actresses, shamed Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and other young actresses by speaking out against Woody Allen at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. She called him a child molester.
The issue came up during a panel discussion of womens’ issues in the film industry.
Sarandon was asked to comment on Allen’s remark earlier in week that he had no material for a movie about an older woman falls in love with a younger man. Allen’s films almost invariably involve the opposite; a younger woman falling for an older man.
“I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there,” said Sarandon, who was seated next to Geena Davis, her co-star in the 1991 feminist film classic “Thelma and Louise.”
Indeed, Sarandon has been outspoken in her criticism of Allen.
In an interview two years ago, she slammed Allen. “I think he really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn’t really dealt with the aftermath,” she said at the time.
Sarandon, 69, was referring to Allen’s relationship with actress Mia Farrow, who was his domestic partner from 1980 to 1992. During that time, he allegedly molested step-daughter Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old.
In an emotional open letter published in The New York Times two years ago, Dylan for the first time detailed the incidents of abuse. Allen was investigated at the time, but never charged. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence.
Brother Ronan Farrow wrote another article last week published in The Hollywood Reporter, lamenting how young actresses are turning a blind eye to Allen’s alleged deeds.
He did not name Stewart but singled out Miley Cyrus. She’s working with Allen in a new series for amazon.com.
Stewart starred in Allen’s latest film “Cafe Society,” along with Lively, Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carroll.
None of the cast has addressed the issue at the festival, but Stewart said earlier she couldn’t make a personal judgment about it solely based on news reports.
Actress Scarlett Johansson. starred in Woody Allen’s 2005 film “Match Point,” 2006’s “Scoop” and 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Johansson, called Dylan Farrow “irresponsible” for calling out actresses, like Johansson, in her New York Times piece. Johansson also said the allegations were “guesswork.”
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