Dylan Farrow responds to Scarlett Johansson after actor defends Woody Allen

The 'Avengers' star said she would work with the controversial director "any time"

Dylan Farrow has responded to Scarlett Johansson after the actor defended writer-director Woody Allen despite a series of sex abuse allegations made against him in the past.

Allen was dropped by Amazon after allegations that he sexually assaulted Farrow, his adopted daughter in his marriage to Mia Farrow, recently came to the fore again. He went on to sue Amazon for backing out of a four-picture deal.

Johansson, who has appeared in three of Allen’s films – Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona – defended the director in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

She said: “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him any time. I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it (the allegations against him). I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.

“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she added. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, rightfully so. It’s an intense time.”

Sharing an article reporting on Johansson’s comments, Farrow wrote: “Because if we’ve learned anything from the past two years it’s that you definitely should believe male predators who ‘maintain their innocence’ without question. Scarlett has a long way to go in understanding the issue she claims to champion.”

Allen’s adoptive son Moses Farrow also previously defended his father against his sister’s claims of sexual assault.

But multiple women in the film industry, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Hayley Atwell, have expressed their regret about working with Allen in the past.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Johansson will do battle against classic Marvel baddie Taskmaster in the forthcoming Black Widow prequel, which is set to be released in May 2020.