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Cate Blanchett Finally Addresses Working With Woody Allen

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Since Dylan Farrow re-addressed her allegations of molestation against her father Woody Allen, a number of celebrities that worked with him have come out in support of her. Various actors, including Ellen Page, Mira Sorvino and Colin Firth, have opened up about their regret in working with him. However, some celebrities have remained silent on the issue, one in particular being Cate Blanchett.

As a strong proponent of the Time’s Up movement, many have called into question how she can both support a movement that combats sexual harassment and assault against women and not condemn the world-renowned director. Finally, she answered that very question last night in an interview with CNN, defending accusations she should’ve spoken out sooner.

‘I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all,’ Blanchett said. ‘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.’

Blanchett worked with Allen on the 2013 film Blue Jasmine, for which she won an Oscar for best actress. The allegations against Woody came out in 1992, and following over a year of investigations, in September 1993 the Connecticut state attorney Frank Maco stated that he would not pursue the molestation allegations despite having ‘probably cause’ because he did not wish to traumatize Dylan.

The allegations were revisited in 2014 when Farrow wrote an open letter for the New York Times blog, speaking publically for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse. However, the case was not reopened and actors continued to work with Allen. With the MeToo movement last year, Dylan opened up again about the allegations, prompting more celebrities to speak out against him.

However, he still continues to make films, with A Rainy Day in New York currently awaiting release. The film’s stars Rebecca Hall and Timothee Chalamet have declared their intention to donate their salaries from the film to various charities.

Whether or not the case will be re-examined legally remains to be seen, however Blanchett has declared her full support of re-opening the case, stating:

‘If the case needs to be reopened, I am absolutely, wholeheartedly in support of that.’

While it seems unlikely, there is mounting pressure for the allegations to be revisited. We can only wait and see if the increasingly celebrity support will spur on any official investigations.

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