Susan Sarandon has spoken out against Woody Allen over historic child sex claims made against the director.
In 1992, Allen was accused of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with Mia Farrow. 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.
The Guardian reports that Sarandon was asked at an event at Cannes Film Festival what she thought of recent comments from Allen that he didn’t have “anything to really draw on” to make a film about a younger man and an older woman.
In response, Sarandon said: “I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there.” She then added: “I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right… It’s gotten very quiet in here, but that’s true.”
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.”
Asked to respond to Ronan Farrow’s article, Allen said: “I never read anything about me”.