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Cate Blanchett: Social Media Is “Not the Judge and Jury” of Woody Allen

Cate Blanchett: Social Media Is “Not the Judge and Jury” of Woody Allen

As more and more figures in Hollywood speak out about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements sweeping Hollywood, they are, for the most part, also taking a step away from director Woody Allen, due to the allegations against the director brought forth by Dylan Farrow, Allen’s estranged daughter. For years, Farrow has claimed that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. (Allen has denied the claims.) Numerous actresses—Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, Rachel Brosnahan, Kate Winslet—and actors—Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Timothée Chalamet—who collaborated with Allen in the past have publicly spoken out against the director in recent months. But one actress, Allen’s Oscar-winning Blue Jasmine leading lady Cate Blanchett, isn’t quite as ready to step away. In a new interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Blanchett said that social media—the birthplace of these hashtag social-justice movements—is “not the judge and jury” when it comes to Allen.


In the wake of the Time’s Up movement, Dylan Farrow has been emboldened to share her story more publicly and more often, prompting journalists such as Amanpour to press former- and current-Allen collaborators for their take on the director. Amanpour questioned Blanchett, saying: “How do you juxtapose being a #MeToo proponent, a Time’s Up proponent, and staying silent on having worked with Woody Allen?” The actress responded:

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. 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 ne to be reopened, I am absolutely,
wholeheartedly in support of that.

Blanchett does acknowledge that social media is useful for raising “awareness about issues,” but seems to consider much of Hollywood’s growing disdain for Allen a pile-on, rather than a reconsideration of Farrow’s first-person account. Blanchett elaborated that her preference for a more codified condemnation of sexual abusers is derived from concern for future victims. “I feel that these things need to go into court, so if these abuses have happened, the person is prosecuted, and so someone, who is not in the shiny industry that I am, can use that legal precedent to protect themselves,” she explained. “Always, in my industry or any other industry, they’re preyed upon because they’re vulnerable.”

Allen, meanwhile, issued the following statement to CBS This Morning back in January after Farrow re-stated her allegations of abuse:

When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was
thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the
Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both
did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation
had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child
had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a
contentious breakup. Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he
witnessed their mother doing exactly that—relentlessly coaching
Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual

Farrow named Blanchett (and a few other actresses) specifically when pointing out what was, in her view, an incongruity between defending Woody Allen while also declaring that “Time’s Up.”


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