Hollywood actress Diane Keaton has defended filmmaker Woody Allen from the sexual assault claims made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
The 68-year-old actress presented the director with the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes earlier this year, reported Guardian online.
“I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend. the actress said.
Keaton, who featured in Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ (1979) and ‘Annie Hall’ (1977), among other films, also responded to having been singled out by Dylan in an open letter that detailed the abuse claims against Allen.
“They have to drag someone in. I don’t resent it, not for a second,” Keaton replied when asked if she resented being named in the letter.
Keaton said she was not very familiar personally with Dylan Farrow.
“I saw her maybe three times. I didn’t know her. It’s not a bad accusation. I was never friends with Mia – I was friendly. Sort of like I’m friendly with you. I like you, I like the way you are. I like the way she is, too. She’s very charming.
“But I never knew her as a friend. A friend – that’s a commitment. It’s as close as you can get to family, and sometimes it’s even closer,” Keaton said.
In February, Dylan detailed that she was sexually assaulted by Allen when she was a child and singled out Keaton and other actors who appeared in Allen’s films.
The director then responded with a op-ed denying the claims.
After Keaton presented Allen with the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Globe awards on January 12, Dylan Farrow’s brother, Ronan Farrow, made headlines for a tweet that reiterated the abuse claims made against the director.