While at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, Susan Sarandon deferred talking about Woody Allen, but her reason wasn’t a mealy-mouthed excuse.
With the release of Allen’s film at Cannes, plus renewed speculation about Dylan Farrow’s accusations that he sexually assaulted her as a child after Ronan Farrow published an essay about how the press protects the auteur, Allen has been coming up at every interview.
This one took place during the Kering Women in Motion Talk, where Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were talking about woman in film in honor of the 25th anniversary of Thelma and Louise. The Guardian reports that the conversation escalated quickly:
A reporter asked the actor what she made of Allen’s comment at a press conference for his Cannes opener, Café Society, that he didn’t have “anything to really draw on” to one day make a film about a younger man and an older woman (his narratives often center on an older man and a much younger woman).
Sarandon at first appeared to shut it down: “I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there.”
Pressed to elaborate, Sarandon said: “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.”
Sarandon is one of the few people in Hollywood who have openly said that they believe Dylan Farrow rather than some form of “It’s none of my business.”
Sarandon did attend the Cafe Society premiere. Here she is pictured with Naomi Watts: