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Diane Keaton Defends Woody Allen, Says She Continues To Believe In Him


Veteran actress Diane Keaton has come out in support of her friend, Woody Allen, in the wake of several stars speaking up for Dylan Farrow following her sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker. Dylan Farrow is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, who was Allen’s former partner.

Taking to Twitter, Keaton linked a video interview from 1992 of Allen defending himself when the news of Dylan’s sexual abuse hit the headlines.

“If I wanted to be a child molester, I’ve had many opportunities in the past. I could’ve quietly made a custody settlement with Mia (Farrow) in some way and done it in the future. It’s so insane!” he says in the old interview.


Keaton joins the likes of Alec Baldwin who have come out in support of the filmmaker/actor. On Sunday, Baldwin compared Dylan to that of Mayella Ewell, the character in the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, who falsely accuses an African-American man of rape.

While he has since deleted his tweets, Baldwin wrote:

“[One] of the most effective things Dylan Farrow has in her arsenal is the ‘persistence of emotion,'” Baldwin tweeted. “Like Mayella in [“To Kill a Mockingbird”], her tears/exhortations [are] meant [to] shame u [into] belief in her story. But I need more than that before I destroy [someone], regardless of their fame. I need a lot more.”

Baldwin followed that tweeted shortly after with: “To say that @RealDylanFarrow is telling the truth is to say that (brother) @MosesFarrow is lying. Which of Mia’s kids got the honesty gene and which did not?” He also shared a Sunday New York Times piece that discussed whether Allen would work in the business again.

Baldwin concluded with, “If my defense of Woody Allen offends you, it’s real simple. Unfollow. Condemn. Move on.”


Soon enough, Dylan responded to Baldwin’s comments with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s interesting that Mr. Baldwin chooses to dismiss the judgments of Justice Wilk and Prosecutor Frank Maco, who reviewed ALL of the evidence instead of just selected bits and pieces. However, considering that Mr. Baldwin confidently invoked Mayella Ewell to make his point while forgetting that it’s been hotly debated that she was, in fact, raped by her father, demonstrates that perhaps Baldwin is just not a stickler for details.”


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