Published On: Fri, Mar 23rd, 2018

Cate Blanchett opens up about why she ‘stayed quiet’ on Woody Allen sex abuse allegations

In a new interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on CNN Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett was asked how she could juxtapose being a #MeToo supporter with staying silent about working with Woody Allen.

“I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all,” Blanchett answered. “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.”

Dylan Farrow has addressed sex abuse allegations against her adoptive father in December 2017. Dylan questioned the likes of Cate Blanchett, Blake Lively and Kate Winslet who have refused to condemn him.

Allen denied the allegations and said that several investigations cleared him of any wrongdoing. State’s attorney stated there was “probable cause” to prosecute, Allen was never put on trial.

Blanchett, who has won the Oscar for her part in the 2013 f comedy-drama Blue Jasmine, add:

“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.”

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

In the interview, she claimed the social media shouldn’t be “judge and jury”.

“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. Always, in my industry or any other industry, they’re preyed upon because they’re vulnerable.”

The director’s latest film ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, is currently awaiting release while its stars, Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, announced that they would donate their salaries to charities.

Cate Blanchett on the Woody Allen case: “If these allegations need to be re-examined, that in my understanding they’ve been through court, then I’m wholeheartedly in support of that. Social media’s fantastic about raising awareness about issues but it’s not the judge and jury.”

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