UNIT: Sarandon Has 'Nothing Good To Say' About Allen

Upper-Intermediate. Passive Voice Pre-Intermediate. Шоу-бизнес

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to abuse - оскорблять an allegation - заявление, намек
to claim - требовать to slam - хлопать, критиковать
an issue   - проблема an accusation - обвинение
co-star - роль второго плана ludicrous - смехотворный
to deny - отрицать acrimonious - язвительный

Abuse claims against the director continue to dominate Cannes after the star is asked about her views on women's issues in film.Susan Sarandon says she "has nothing good to say" about director Woody Allen after claims he abused his daughter surfaced again during the Cannes Film Festival.The Hollywood star was on a panel alongside her Thelma And Louise co-star Geena Davis to discuss women's issues in the film industry. The 69-year-old was asked what she thought of comments by Allen where he said he had no good material for a film in which an older woman falls in love with a younger man."I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don't think we should go there," she said, before repeating the allegations against him, which the director denies and which have never been proved in court.

Allen, whose latest film Cafe Society opened the festival, is accused of abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Ahead of the festival opening Allen's son Ronan Farrow wrote a column slamming the media for failing to ask hard questions about the case, which dates back to the early 1990s. Then French actor Laurent Lafitte made a rape joke at the opening ceremony which many saw as a stab at Allen.The director said he was not offended and Lafitte later apologised.

In 2014 Dylan, 30, published an open letter in the New York Times outlining her father's alleged abuse. Her brother Ronan and their mother Mia Farrow have said they decided not to press charges in the 1990s due to Dylan's "fragility" at the time. Allen later struck back with his own open letter, calling the accusations " ludicrous " and repeating his charge that his former partner had "coached" his daughter during their acrimonious split. The director on Thursday said he had "said everything I had to say about that whole issue" in that column.


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