Susan Sarandon Rips Woody Allen: "He Sexually Assaulted a Child"

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She made the comments during a "Women in Motion" talk in Cannes.

Susan Sarandon on Sunday criticized Woody Allen in Cannes amid renewed debate about allegations of sexual assault against the filmmaker, who opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the week with Cafe Society.

"I think he sexually assaulted a child, and I don’t think that’s right," the Associated Press quoted her as saying at a "Women in Motion" talk. She declined to comment further.

Geena Davis also spoke at the Sunday event.

Allen's estranged son, Ronan Farrow, in a blistering essay in The Hollywood Reporter, attacked the media for failing to challenge his father over sister Dylan Farrow's allegations of sexual abuse. She has said Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen has denied the claim.

A rape joke directed at Allen by a French comedian on the opening night of the festival compared him to fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski, drawing gasps. But the director later said he was not offended by the joke.

At a lunch for his film Cafe Society on Thursday, Allen told a table — which included members of the media — that he wasn't offended by the jab.

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