Feminist activists, topless and covered in writing condemning Woody Allen for alleged child abuse, stormed the stage of the Hamburg Philharmonic Tuesday night, disrupting a concert Allen was giving with his New Orleans Jazz Band.
Two protestors from the extreme Femen group — known for their provocative nude protests — ran onto the stage of the sold-out Elbphilharmonie concert hall 21 minutes into the performance. Last week, the venue played host to President Donald Trump and the attendees of the G20 conference.
The two activists tried to read a letter from Allen’s adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, who has accused the Oscar-winning director of abusing her when she was 7 years old. But security guards pulled them offstage before they had a chance.
The activists released their letter to the press. It reads, translated from the German: “Although the incident occurred decades ago, Dylan (now 31) is still suffering the consequences. Woody Allen is not just the neurotic and charming director, actor and musician, but a father who likes to stick his finger in his daughter. We’d like to remind the world, and jazz fans, of that fact.”
Woody Allen and his band did not seem particularly bothered by the disruption, as evidenced by a video of the event, posted on YouTube. After security removed the protestors, Allen and his band continued with their concert.
Dylan first publicly accused her adoptive father of abuse three years ago. The alleged abuse took place in 1992, when Allen was still with Dylan’s mother, actress Mia Farrow. Connecticut prosecutors launched a criminal investigation against Allen, but decided not to pursue criminal charges.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter last year, Dylan’s brother Ronan Farrow detailed the allegations, and condemned the general press silence surrounding them.