Cannes, May 16 (IANS) Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon slammed filmmaker Woody Allen at the ongoing 69th Cannes Film Festival here, saying that he “sexually assaulted a child”.
“I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right,” Sarandon said during variety.com and Kering’s Women in Motion talk with Geena Davis.
“I have nothing good to say about him,” she added.
Allen was earlier targeted by comedian Laurent Lafitte at the Cannes premiere of his new film, “Cafe Society”. Lafitte made a rape joke involving director Roman Polanski that seemed to reference allegations that Allen sexually abused his step-daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Sarandon and Davis also discussed the dearth of strong roles for women in studio films and the lack of directing opportunities for women.
The actresses, who memorably collaborated on 1991’s “Thelma & Louise”, said that film pundits initially predicted that the movie would spur a new wave of projects about female friendship, but that never happened.
“The movie made a lot of money and that didn’t happen,” said Sarandon.