Months after Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged that she was molested by the director when she was a child, Diane Keaton, frequent star of Allen films and friend of the director, has come out in defense of him.
In a lengthy profile of the actor in The Guardian, the focus of the article ends up being Keaton's relationship with the director and her place in Farrow's New York Times editorial. Keaton was called out by name: "You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?" she asks.
Keaton's second memoir, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, is out this month, in which she apparently spends many pages lovingly discussing her friendship with the director.
With this in mind, Keaton's loving tribute to Allen in her book looks pointed. In one scene, she and the director walk down Madison Avenue, "like we used to", filled with nostalgia for themselves and the city. "We didn't hold hands, like the old days, but I swear he wore what must have been one of his beige bucket hats from Annie Hall." It couldn't be farther from the current image of Allen as a besieged and besmirched individual.
When asked if Farrow's accusations are correct and if she was hurt to be called out directly in Farrow's editorial, Keaton responds dismissively.
"Not really. That I didn't know her? 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.
The interviewer then goes on to ask Keaton if there is any truth to Farrow's accusations of Woody Allen, to which she responds:
"I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend."
When asked if she worried about coming out publicly in defense of the director, she says,
"No. No. No. He's the strongest person I've met in my life. He's made of steel."
Perhaps this is a well-crafted peg to increase book sales.