Cate Blanchett breaks silence on sexual abuse claims against Woody Allen: 'Allegations need to be re-examined'

Cate Blanchett says she was not aware of the sexual abuse allegations against her Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen while shooting for the film.

PTI March 24, 2018 14:41:55 IST
Cate Blanchett breaks silence on sexual abuse claims against Woody Allen: 'Allegations need to be re-examined'

Los Angeles: Hollywood star Cate Blanchett has claimed she knew nothing about sexual abuse allegations aimed at filmmaker Woody Allen when they worked together on Blue Jasmine. Blanchett won a best actress Oscar for her part in the 2013 comedy drama.

Cate Blanchett breaks silence on sexual abuse claims against Woody Allen Allegations need to be reexamined

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During an appearance on CNN’s Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour asked her how she could juxtapose being a #MeToo proponent while staying silent on Allen.

To which Blanchett replied, “I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all. At the time that I worked with Woody Allen, I knew nothing of the allegations. At the time, I said it’s a very painful and complicated situation for the family, which I hope they have the ability to resolve.”

Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow has accused him of molesting her when she was a child, something that Allen has denied. But Blanchett insisted she would “support” the case being re-examined, if that was considered to be necessary.

“If these allegations need to be re-examined which, in my understanding, they’ve been through court, then I’m a big believer in the justice system and setting legal precedents. If the case needs to be reopened, I am absolutely, wholeheartedly in support of that,” she added.

Blanchett is the latest actor to address Allen’s alleged abuse of his daughter, following on from Mira Sorvino, Marion Cotillard, Greta Gerwig, Colin Firth and Ellen Page.

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