Diane Keaton on Woody Allen Scandal: 'I Believe My Friend'

Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
 

Diane Keaton, who presented Woody Allen with an honor at the Golden Globes earlier this year, has made new comments defending the filmmaker from the sexual assault claims made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow

"I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend," the actress told The Guardian in a new interview.

Keaton, who featured in Allen's Manhattan (1979) and Annie Hall (1977), among other films, also responded to having been singled out by Farrow in the Feb. 1 New York Times 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 told the writer for the U.K. newspaper who asked if she resented being named in the letter. Keaton, 68, explained to the Guardian writer Emma Brockes that 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," she said. "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."

In February, Farrow 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 in the New York Times with a Feb. 7 op-ed denying the claims. 

After Keaton presented Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Globe awards on Jan. 12, Dylan Farrow's brother, Ronan Farrow, an MSNBC anchor, made headlines for a tweet that reiterated the abuse claims made against the director. 

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