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Susan Sarandon Slams Woody Allen at Cannes: ‘He Sexually Assaulted a Child’

Susan Sarandon Slams Woody Allen at Cannes: 'He Sexually Assaulted a Child'

Woody Allen is once again making headlines for non-cinematic reasons. A Hollywood Reporter article by Ronan Farrow and a joke by French comedian Laurent Lafitte have both reignited discussion about Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow’s accusations that the filmmaker molested her when she was seven years old, which led to a case that was eventually dropped. Susan Sarandon is now adding to the chorus: “I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right,” the said actress said during a Women in Motion talk at Cannes held by Variety and Keurig.

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“I have nothing good to say about him,” added Sarandon. “I don’t want to go there.” During the opening ceremony earlier this week, Lafitte made a joke directed toward Allen that’s said to have elicited more gasps than laughs: “You’ve been shooting so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted for rape.” Lafitte later said that his joke was misinterpreted and he wasn’t aware of Farrow’s article. “When I wrote this joke,” he said, “it was more a joke about Europe and why one of the greatest American directors spent years in Europe, [while Allen] didn’t have to because he wasn’t accused of rape in his own country, compared to Roman Polanski. It was [meant] as a joke about American puritanism and the fact that it is surprising that an American director wants to do so many movies in Europe. I didn’t know about the other stuff.”

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Allen’s new film “Café Society” served as opening-night film at the festival. Amazon Studios is releasing it on July 15.

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