Scarlett Johansson wasn’t amused when fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi groped her on the red carpet at January’s Golden Globe Awards, but she’s willing to forgive him.
“It was definitely in poor taste,” Johansson said in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I’d been prepping for two hours with hair and makeup and getting dressed. And the first interview I do, someone who I have never met before fondles me for his own satisfaction.”
Mizrahi, who was doing pre-show interviews for the E! cable channel, created a flap when he groped Johansson’s breast, asked Eva Longoria about her pubic hair and peeked down Teri Hatcher’s dress.
“Mostly, I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God. This is happening on live TV,”’ Johansson recalled, adding she didn’t buy the openly gay designer’s explanation that he was trying to determine how her dress was put together.
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Slideshow: Scarlett Johansson “Like he doesn’t know how a dress works,” the 21-year-old actress said.
But the star of such films as “Match Point” and “Lost in Translation” said she isn’t holding a grudge.
“I’m not mad at him,” Johansson said. “I think he’s a guy that’s starting his TV career and he’s making a bit of an exciting moment for himself. I can’t be angry at him.”
Mizrahi, who is scheduled to be on the red carpet at Sunday’s Academy Awards, told The Associated Press last month he has no plans to tone down his act.
Johansson, who doesn’t plan to attend the Oscar show, said she won’t go out of her way to avoid him at future red carpet events.
“I can take care of myself,” she said. “I’m from New York.”
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