Susan Sarandon slams Woody Allen over abuse
CANNES - Agence France-Presse
AFP photoOutspoken actress Susan Sarandon said May 15 she “has nothing good to say” about director Woody Allen after claims he abused his daughter surfaced again during the Cannes film festival.
The Hollywood star was speaking in Cannes where she was appearing alongside her “Thelma and Louise” co-star Geena Davis on a panel discussing women’s issues in the film industry.
She was asked what she thought of comments by Allen earlier this week that he had no good material for a movie in which an older woman falls in love with a younger man.
“I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there,” she said, before repeating the allegations against him, which the director denies and which have never been proved in court.
The accusation that Allen abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has continued to haunt the 80-year-old director at Cannes, where he premiered his latest film “Cafe Society” on May 11. Sarandon appeared on the red carpet for the premiere.
Ahead of it, Allen’s son Ronan Farrow wrote a column slamming the media for failing to ask hard questions about the abuse case, which dates back to the early 1990s.
Then French actor Laurent Lafitte made a rape joke at the opening ceremony which many saw as a stab at Allen.
The director said he was not offended and Lafitte later apologized.
In 2014 Dylan, 30, published an open letter in the New York Times outlining her father’s alleged abuse.
Her brother Ronan and their mother Mia Farrow have said they decided not to press charges in the 1990s due to Dylan’s “fragility” at the time.
Allen later struck back with his own open letter, calling the accusations “ludicrous” and repeating his charge that Mia had “coached” his daughter during their acrimonious split.
The director on May 12 said he had “said everything I had to say about that whole issue” in that column.