Scarlett Johansson has defended director Woody Allen against the allegation that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child.

Allen has been accused by Dylan Farrow - his daughter with former partner Mia Farrow - of sexually assaulting her in 1992 when she was seven-years-old. He has repeatedly denied the allegation. The allegation was investigated twice by authorities and no charges were brought.

Johansson, who starred in Allen's films Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, was asked about the director during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"How do I feel about Woody Allen?" Johansson replied. "I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."

Johansson continued: "I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. 

"I have been very direct with him, and he's very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him." 

Johansson's fellow actors Anjelica Huston and Diane Keaton are among those who have also voiced their support for Allen. Stars including Timothée Chalamet, Colin Firth and Greta Gerwig have said they regret working with him following the re-emergence of the allegation against him.

Johansson, who was one of the first stars to become involved in the Time's Up movement, said it is "an intense time" in the entertainment industry.

"It's hard because it's a time where people are very fired up, and understandably," she said.

"Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, and rightfully so. It's an intense time."