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‘My friend’

As pressure mounts on Woody Allen, Diane Keaton defends him against claims that he molested Dylan Farrow

By WITW Staff on January 30, 2018

Actress Diane Keaton says she still believes her friend Woody Allen, who has said that his ex Mia Farrow brainwashed his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow into saying that he sexually abused her when she was 7 years old. Keaton, the star of films such as Annie Hall and Manhattan, directed by Allen, defended the director in comments posted on Twitter, and suggested that people watch Allen’s 1992 interview with 60 Minutes. In the 25-year-old interview, Allen pointed out that he had never been charged, and claimed that Farrow had gone “crazy” after discovering his affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi, which began when she was between the ages of 19 and 21 years old and he was in his 50s.

The future of Allen’s career has become less certain in recent weeks, The New York Times noted, as some of Hollywood’s biggest names have been re-examining their ties to the longtime and acclaimed filmmaker. Allen has again denied the claims made against him, and Keaton’s impassioned defense of Allen seems to have thrown gasoline on that fire.

Among those to respond to her tweet is writer and producer Judd Apatow, who watched the 60 Minutes interview and said that what he saw is a narcissist “who wanted what he wanted and didn’t care that he was having an affair with a 19 year old when he was 54 who was also his daughter’s sister.”

According to Ronan Farrow, one of the journalists who broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse of women, and the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, his father employed similar tactics to Weinstein in order to effectively silence Dylan Farrow. But with the onset of the Me Too movement, renewed attention has been given to Dylan’s longstanding claim. Earlier this month, she spoke to CBS in her first TV interview.

“As 7-year-old, I would say he touched my private parts,” Farrow said in the interview. “As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”

The state prosecutor who declined to pursue charges against Allen said at the time that he had “probable cause” to take Allen to a trial, but that he had chosen not to proceed in order to spare Dylan the trauma of a court case.

Allen and Keaton have a long history as friends and collaborators. In fact, in 2016, The American Film Institute honored Keaton with the 45th Annual Life Achievement Award, and Woody Allen delivered the speech ostensibly paying her tribute. However, as Mimi Kramer notes in a piece for The Cut, the speech had some curious passages and, as she puts it, was “an example of stealth misogyny.”

Read the full story at The Guardian and The Daily Beast.

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