Miley Cyrus has distanced herself from sex abuse allegations aimed at Woody Allen after filming for his new comedy Crisis In Six Scenes.
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.
Allen’s son Ronan Farrow recently criticised Cyrus for agreeing to work with his father. “Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film,” he said. “Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. ‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is – for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction.”
Now Cyrus has defended the director. “I live a similar life to Woody – I live a public life,” she told Variety. “Until I know someone and I know their story, I never really judge anyone. That’s kind of how I went into it. From the way I saw him with his family, I never saw him be anything but an incredible person and a really great dad. People might slam me for saying that. I’m sure it was a hard time for that family. My family has been through hard things, and I think everyone’s suffering is different.”
The Amazon series stars both Allen and Cyrus. Allen plays Sidney Muntzinger, whose suburban family are the subject of the show. Cyrus plays Sixties flower-child/activist Lucy.
The pop star also opened up about coming to understand her own pansexual identity and getting involved with the LGBTQ community. “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality,” Cyrus said.
“I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. Also, my nipple pasties and shit never felt sexualised to me.
“My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.”