Woody Allen went to Cannes this year to premiere and promote his new motion picture Café Society. That may have been his purpose for being at the prestigious French film festival, but the main Woody talking point for 2016’s edition of Cannes has been the repeated allegations of sexual abuse leveled against the filmmaker. Today, Susan Sarandon joined the fray when it comes to placing a spotlight on claims that Woody sexually assaulted children.
Sarandon, who preferred to keep her comments on the director brief, put her issues with the man in easy to understand terms:
“I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right,” Sarandon said during Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion talk with Geena Davis.
“I have nothing good to say about him,” she added. “I don’t want to go there.”
The actress’ take on Allen is in line with other criticism/jabs made at the festival. On Wednesday, French comedian Laurent Lafitte received gasps for delivering a barb in Woody’s direction about how “it’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.” The Polanski-inspired joke was brushed off by Woody who said he was alright with comedians making any joke they like, but he was less enamoured with questions about Ronan Farrow’s recent essay about the media’s approach to the film luminary’s alleged assaults. So much so that the publication that ran Farrow’s piece, The Hollywood Reporter, was banned from a Woody press event.
Elsewhere in Woody Allen talk, you’ll want to read the “Is It Okay To Enjoy The Art Of (Allegedly) Awful People?” discussion that we had on Thursday.