After months of remaining quiet after being publicly called out in Dylan Farrow‘s open letter–which addressed the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her father, Woody Allen–his longtime friend and former “muse”, Diane Keaton, has offered her thoughts on the matter.
You’ll recall that the sexual abuse allegations resurfaced after Keaton herself gave a glowing acceptance speech in honor of Woody Allen at this year’s Golden Globe awards. The honor prompted Dylan’s brother Ronan Farrow (and Woody Allen’s other child with Mia Farrow) to lash out on Twitter, and thus the entire story gained traction and attention once again. Dylan’s open letter to the New York Times was thoughtful, well-written, and honestly quite heartbreaking. The excerpt in question:
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
While promoting her latest memoir, Diane offered her thoughts on the matter. In true Diane Keaton fashion, they’re a little flustered and all over the place, but the bottom line is pretty clear: she believes and defends Woody Allen. When asked if she resents being dragged into the allegations:
“No. What are they going to do? 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 her maybe three times. I didn’t know her. It’s not a bad accusation. I was never friends with Mia – I was friendly.”
Look, I have friends and I know a lot of people I’m friendly with, but if any of them up and left their partner of 10+ years for their partner’s 18-year-old daughter, I feel comfortable stating that I wouldn’t feel inclined to be “friendly” anymore. She goes on (and on and on) about her thoughts on what friendship means, but when specifically asked about her feelings on the allegations against her friend of nearly 40 years she offered this:
“I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend.”
Well I hate to break it to you, Diane, but you’re actually saying an awful lot. I can give her credit for not hemming and hawing her way around an actual answer, like some other celebrities. While I’m not surprised in any way over her feelings and beliefs, it’s unfortunate if she’s allowing her decades-long friendship and her quite obvious love and infatuation with Woody Allen to cloud her better judgement.
Look, I certainly wouldn’t claim to know the entire story, or that I’m “right” in any way in regard to it, but I think Woody Allen’s actions in his life have spoken far louder than his words. His actions aren’t conjecture, and I’m okay with judging him based on those alone.