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Kristen Stewart defends working with Woody Allen on 'Cafe Society' after Woody's estranged son Ronan Farrow's criticism

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Published 12/05/2016 | 08:40

Director Woody Allen (L), cast members Kristen Stewart (C) and Jesse Eisenberg (R) pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film
Director Woody Allen (L), cast members Kristen Stewart (C) and Jesse Eisenberg (R) pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Director Woody Allen jokes with cast member Kristen Stewart on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Director Woody Allen (C) and cast members (L-R) Corey Stoll, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
From left, actor Jesse Eisenberg, actress Kristen Stewart, director Woody Allen, actress Blake Lively and actor Corey Stoll arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Director Woody Allen (L) and cast members Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Actress Blake Lively, left, director Woody Allen and actress Kristen Stewart arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Kristen Stewart has defended her decision to work with Woody Allen.

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The 26-year-old actress stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell and Blake Lively in the director's latest offering Cafe Society.

However, her decision to appear in the film was slammed by Woody's estranged son Ronan Farrow, who said that by doing so she and the rest of the film's cast were ignoring the director's links to an alleged child molestation scandal.

But Kristen insists she and Jesse discussed in depth whether or not to star in the film.

Director Woody Allen jokes with cast member Kristen Stewart on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film
Director Woody Allen jokes with cast member Kristen Stewart on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

“I was like, ‘What do you think? We don’t know any of these people involved. I can personalise situations, which would be very wrong'," Kristen told The Hollywood Reporter.

"At the end of the day, Jesse and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of s**t that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it."

Director Woody Allen (L) and cast members Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film
Director Woody Allen (L) and cast members Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Kristen, Blake, Steve and Jesse joined Woody for the premiere of Cafe Society at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday (11May16), and Ronan said he's disgusted his dad still has so much Hollywood support after he and his mother, Mia Farrow, accused Woody of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter Dylan.

"They can trust that the press won't ask them the tough questions," Ronan told the publication. "It's not the time, it's not the place, it's just not done.

Actress Blake Lively, left, director Woody Allen and actress Kristen Stewart arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Actress Blake Lively, left, director Woody Allen and actress Kristen Stewart arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

"That kind of silence isn't just wrong. It's dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we'll overlook, who we'll ignore, who matters and who doesn't.

"Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. It hurts my sister every time one of her heroes, like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen."

The moviemaker has never been charged and has always maintained his innocence, but Ronan is convinced his sister wasn't lying when she opened up about her experiences with their father.

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