After years of avoidance and being called out by Dylan Farrow, Cate Blanchett still refuses to renounce her working relationship with Woody Allen.
“I had a very productive time working with Woody, and he has written some of the most extraordinary roles for women,” Blanchett, 48, told Variety in an interview released Wednesday. “But at the time I worked with him I knew absolutely nothing about what was going on, and it came out subsequently. But, far more important than me adding to yet another headline … and finger-pointing is, if that issue has not been dealt with … I am absolutely for it to go back into the courts because there lies the solution.”
She added, “Obviously, Dylan Farrow has been living in a world of pain, and if the case has not been properly tried, then it needs to be reopened and go back into court because that’s a place where those things get solved.”
In March, Blanchett, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” denied staying silent on the sexual abuse allegations against the auteur and said they should be examined in court.
They almost were.
Farrow wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in 2014 — a year after “Blue Jasmine” was released — accusing Allen of molesting her when she was a child. It was an allegation she and her mother, Allen’s ex Mia Farrow, first made in 1993.
Law enforcement and sexual abuse experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital investigated the allegations in 1993, the Los Angeles Times reported. A prosecutor in Connecticut, where the assault allegedly occurred, claimed to have had “probable cause” to file charges against Allen, but declined to press charges in order to spare the then-7-year-old Dylan the trauma of a trial.
Allen, 82, who married Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, has repeatedly denied all sexual abuse allegations against him.
Blanchett also spoke about working with Harvey Weinstein, who she accused of sexually harassing her in the past.
“I think he really primarily preyed, like most predators, on the vulnerable. I mean I got a bad feeling from him. … He would often say to me, ‘We’re not friends.’”
“I wouldn’t do what he was asking me to do,” she added, though she declined to specify what he asked of her.
“He’s been held up as an exemplar because he’s unfortunately typical of certain men,” she continued. “I’m interested in those people being prosecuted. We have to set a legal precedent … When legal precedent is set by people being actually convicted, then other people can benefit from that because those precedents have been set. But me fueling the gossip and accounts? There’s enough out there.”
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