Cate Blanchett Breaks Silence on Woody Allen: ‘If the Case Needs to Be Reopened, I Am in Support of That’

Blanchett won the Best Actress Oscar in 2014 for leading Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Director and actor Woody Allen, right, and Australian actress Cate Blanchett, pose as they arrive for the French premiere of Blue Jasmine, in ParisFrance Premiere Blue Jasmine, Paris, France
Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen
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Cate Blanchett says she is in full support of another investigation into Dylan Farrow’s allegations of child molestation against Woody Allen. The Oscar-winning actress appeared on Christiane Amanpour’s CNN series on March 21 and was asked the following the question: “How do you juxtapose being a #MeToo proponent, a Time’s Up proponent, and staying silent or having worked with Woody Allen?”

“I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all,” Blanchett responded. 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 reexamined which, in my understanding, they’ve been through court, then I’m a big believer in the justice system and setting legal precedents,” she continued. “If the case needs to be reopened, I am absolutely, wholeheartedly in support of that.”

Blanchett stressed that social media is “not the judge and jury” when it comes to harassment and abuse allegations.

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

Blanchett won the Best Actress Oscar in 2014 for leading Allen’s drama “Blue Jasmine.” The role marks the only time the two artists have worked together. The allegation’s against Allen have resurfaced in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era.

Farrow spoke about the alleged assault to “CBS This Morning” in January, and many actors who previously worked with Allen have renounced the director. Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet went as far as to donate their salaries from their respective Allen projects to Time’s Up.

You can watch Blanchett’s discussion with Amanpour in the video below.

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