The 23-year-old singer and actress explained her decision to work with the controversial 80-year-old director on his Amazon series in the Oct. 11 issue of Variety.
“I live a similar life to Woody — I live a public life. Until I know someone and I know their story, I never really judge anyone. That’s kind of how I went into it,” Cyrus told the magazine.
“From the way I saw him with his family, I never saw him be anything but an incredible person and a really great dad,” she said. “People might slam me for saying that. I’m sure it was a hard time for that family. My family has been through hard things, and I think everyone’s suffering is different.”
Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow had accused him again in 2014 of sexually abusing her as a child. Her brother Ronan Farrow criticized actors in May for continuing to work with Allen, despite the director having denied the allegations.
“The old-school media’s slow evolution has helped create a culture of impunity and silence,” Ronan wrote in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter. “Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies.”
“[Café Society stars Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively] can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions,” he said. “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.”
Cyrus previously praised Allen and his process in an interview with Vanity Fair in September. The actress said there was a “magic” in the way the director works, calling him “super-resourceful” and “really awesome.”
“What I love about Woody Allen is that he’s never putting anything on. He’s never fake and he’s exactly who he is through and through,” she lauded. “For me, I have the highest respect of anyone who is truly themselves.”
“Crisis in Six Scenes” premiered Sept. 30.