Diane Keaton Defends 'Friend' Woody Allen Over Abuse Allegations

The 72-year-old has come out in defence of her 'friend', amid renewed sexual assault allegations.

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Weeks after the likes of Timothée Chalet, Colin Firth and Rebecca Hall came out to apologise for working with Woody Allen, actress Diane Keaton has defended the director following allegations of sexual assault.

In a post to Twitter, the Annie Hall actress - who was rumoured to be romantically linked to the star for five years - wrote: 'Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him.'

'It might be of interest to take a look at the 60 Minutes interview from 1992 and see what you think,' she added with a YouTube link to a televised interview with Allen in 1992 in which he defended himself against accusations made by his former partner Mia Farrow.

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The episode aired the same year the 82-year-old's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow came forward with allegations the filmmaker molested her.

The 82-year-old director denies all the accusations.

Earlier this month, Farrow spoke out in her first television interview about the alleged sexual assault.

'I loved my father,' she told CBS This Morning's Gayle King. 'I respected him. He was my hero. And that doesn't obviously take away from what he did. But it does make the betrayal and the hurt that much more intense.'

This isn't the first time Keaton has defended her former partner.

In a 2014 interview with More magazine, months after the sexual assault allegations against the director resurfaced, the actress revealed: 'I'm Woody's friend and I've been Woody's friend for 45 years.

'And nothing's going to change that.'

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Keaton's comments come amid Hollywood's recent sexual harassment scandal, following allegations of sexual misconduct levied against the likes of Allen, film producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.

Earlier this week, Kate Winslet who stars in Woody Allen's new film Wonder Wheel revealed she has 'bitter regrets' over 'poor decisions' to work with certain 'individuals', which are widely believed to refer to her work with Allen.

At the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, the Oscar winner - who has faced criticism over her defence of Allen in recent years - said: 'It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men.'

Earlier this month, Oscar-nominated Timothée Chalamet revealed he would donate his salary from Allen's film A Rainy Day in New York to sexual assault charities, while actress and director Greta Gerwig said she wouldn't work with Allen in the future.

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