Kristen Stewart has admitted that she had reservations about working with Woody Allen on new movie Cafe Society.
The star, who plays an office secretary stuck in a love triangle with a Hollywood agent (Steve Carell) and his nephew (Jesse Eisenberg) in the film, said she was aware of sex abuse claims made by Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with Mia Farrow in 1992. The actress said she consulted co-star Eisenberg over the matter.
She told Variety: “I was like, ‘What do you think? We don’t know any of these people involved. I can personalise situations, which would be very wrong.’ At the end of the day, Jesse and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of shit that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it.”
Allen denied the allegations at the time. While no charges were brought and the investigation not pursued, the star’s career has been dogged by the claims since.
Ronan Farrow, the estranged son of Allen, also recently wrote an article damning the media’s handling of the sex abuse claims aimed at his father.
Penning an article for The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan Farrow compared the “culture of acquiescence… impunity and silence” in the press surrounding the claims directed at Allen to the perceived lack of reporting on the allegations of rape levelled at Bill Cosby. Comedian Cosby has been accused by 60 women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades.
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous,” Farrow wrote. “It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
Dylan Farrow, also wrote an open letter to The New York Times in 2014, condemning actresses like Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson for supporting his work.
Cafe Society premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival. The 46th film of Allen’s career, it stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, as well as Steve Carell, Blake Lively and Corey Stoll in supporting role.