Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, and tweet of Keaton's defending Allen saying she still believes his innocence.

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Diane Keaton sticks her neck out for friend Woody Allen, gets burned

Despite a number of celebrities distancing themselves from the director, Keaton stands firm.


Samantha Grasso


Published Jan 30, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:52 am CDT

Twitter has all but canceled Diane Keaton after the actress defended her longtime friend Woody Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow says he molested her when she was a child.

On Monday, Keaton, who has appeared in several of Allen’s films since 1977’s Annie Hall, tweeted that Allen is her “friend,” and she continues “to believe him.” She went on to include a 1992 interview with Allen on 60 Minutes, which had been re-uploaded to the show’s YouTube account in 2014, in which Allen maintains his innocence.

In 1992, Dylan and her adoptive mother, Allen’s then-separated partner Mia Farrow, said that Allen had molested Dylan. Allen has since denied the accusations, while Dylan has maintained that she was molested, and has recently spoken out amid the improving tides of believing sexual harassment and assault within the “Me Too” movement.

In the video, Allen says Mia trained Dylan to make those accusations and that Mia executed this plan in order to get back at him for having an affair with her adopted child, Soon-Yi Previn, who was 21 at the time. He also maintained in the video that he saw nothing wrong with his affair with Previn.

“I’m 57. Isn’t it illogical that I’m going to—at the height of a very bitter, acrimonious custody fight—drive up to Connecticut, where nobody likes me…and suddenly, on visitation, pick this moment in my life to become a child molester? It’s just incredible,” Allen said in the interview, before examining the ways he could have been a child molester if he “wanted” to. “I could if I wanted to be a child molester. I had many opportunities in the past, I could have quietly made a custody settlement with Mia in some way and done it in the future. I mean, it’s so insane.”

Immediately, Allen’s critics and supporters of Dylan shot back at Keaton’s brazen defense of the actor and director, particularly within the growing movement of Hollywood actors standing up against systemic sexual abuse.



Some of Keaton’s loudest dissent came from Judd Apatow, who wrote that he understood Allen to be someone who dated “his daughter’s sister” and a “narcissist.” He also criticized Allen for the way he treated his previous family with Mia.

While numerous celebrities have begun to distance themselves from Allen, some stating they’ve regretted working with him and will donate their salaries made from his projects, Keaton’s shielding of Allen follows Alec Baldwin’s attack of Dylan. On Sunday, Baldwin compared Dylan’s recounting of child molestation to the false claims accusing a man of rape in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Baldwin has since deleted the “Alec Baldwin Foundation” account he had tweeted the messages from.

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*First Published: Jan 30, 2018, 9:09 am CST