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Diane Keaton Chimes in on Woody Allen Controversy: "I believe my friend"

by Ryan Lattanzio
May 5, 2014 12:35 PM
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Diane Keaton at the 2014 Golden Globes
Diane Keaton at the 2014 Golden Globes

In her recent open letter to the New York Times, adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow pointed a finger not only at her adoptive father Woody Allen, once again under allegations of sexual abuse, but also at Diane Keaton: "You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?" 

The 68-year-old actress, who had a brief fling with Allen in the 1970s just as their longterm screen partnership began, opened up about the deep and bitter feud between Allen and the Farrows, coming out in defense of the director in an interview with The Guardian. In regards to her name being dragged into Farrow's editorial, Keaton says: "Who else are they going to drag in? They have to drag someone in. I don't resent it, not for a second."

"I saw [Dylan] maybe three times," Keaton tells Guardian scribe Emma Brockes. "I didn't know her. It's not a bad accusation. I was never friends with Mia -- I was friendly." When asked how she feels about Dylan Farrow's accusation that she publicly defended the man who allegedly molested her, Keaton, classy, says, "I have nothing to say that about that. Except: I believe my friend."

Keaton also goes on to say "I love him" and that Allen is "the strongest person I've met in my life... He's made of steel." Who knew.

Earlier this year at the Golden Globes, Keaton accepted perennial awards-no-show Woody Allen's Cecil B. DeMille Award on his behalf. But her singsongy tribute to Allen came under a bit of social media fire. Allen's supposed biological son Ronan Farrow, a broadcast journalist who has been a key figure in digging up ancient wounds, tweeted during the show: "Missed the Woody Allen tribute -- did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"

Though her film career isn't quite what it used to be --  "Annie Hall," "The Godfather," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," and more -- Diane Keaton remains a class act who doesn't mince words and, as seen in this interview, is quite the artful dodger. But she's also honest.

Read Allen's adamantly self-defensive screed here. As of yet, the controversy hasn't shuttered his film career, as his "Magic in the Moonlight" hits theaters July 25.


  • Martin | May 6, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    Correction: Dylan's open letter wasn't to the New York Times, which like the LA Times rejected it. It was posted by Farrow family friend Nicholas Kristof in his NY Times blog.

  • Daniel Sterling Sample | May 6, 2014 11:25 AMReply

    I seriously doubt if the truth concerning Woody and Dylan will ever be known. Woody has always displayed an attraction toward women of slight stature and seemingly under developed physique. He did marry his Korean adopted daughter, but all that together doesn't make him a child rapist. However founded or unfounded are Dylan's accusations, her well being must be a top priority in everyone's thoughts and actions.

  • vint | May 8, 2014 12:28 AM

    Actually, Daniel -- and I know it's semantics for a lot of people, but -- he married his GIRLFRIEND'S adopted daughter. Her name was Soon Yi PREVIN. She was adopted by Farrow and one of her actual husbands (Andrew Previn -- the other husband being Frank Sinatra). And, as has been pointed out before, he didn't actually live with Farrow or her many (many!) adopted children.

    And yes, Dylan's mental well-being is of concern. But she if she hasn't come round, like Moses, she likely never will. Whether it is by the church, or by a parent, if you don't escape indoctrination -- of any sort -- it settles in and becomes your emotional foundation.

  • Ty | May 6, 2014 10:45 AMReply

    Who cares if he did it? He made good movies in the 70s'.

  • Rerand | May 6, 2014 8:08 AMReply

    I don't know which phrase betrays the author's bias more "Allen's adamantly self-defensive screed" or calling Ronan Farrow a broadcast journalist.

  • ian | May 6, 2014 6:38 AMReply

    This article is so biased.

  • Vint | May 6, 2014 4:15 AMReply

    Even with Diane Keaton's no-bones-about-it statement ("I believe my friend"), this article still has an obvious slant to it: i.e., "Allen's adamantly self-defensive screed". If you're gonna write lines that so obviously "take a side" and still want to be considered a journalist, you have to then write something like, "In her recent, hysterical, open letter..."

    Otherwise, Mr. Lattanzio, you come off more than a bit biased.

    And, full disclosure, for my own part, I survived living with a controlling parent -- one who, for years, indoctrinated her children's minds and emotions about their father (after a divorce), so it's easy to understand why Moses, the son who isn't mentioned as often as Ronan, would feel the way he does, and come to the defense of Mr. Allen. It often takes years to get out from under the shadow and cloud of an angry and controlling parent. Some children never do.

  • alp | May 8, 2014 11:12 AM

    Lighten up, homie.

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