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Woody Allen has found himself at the center of a heated debate in Hollywood after his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced her claims that the iconic filmmaker sexually abused her when she was just 7 years old.
A number of famous faces have shared their opinion on the polarizing topic, which was brought to light after Farrow penned an open letter for The New York Times. The most recent being Lena Dunham, who took to Twitter on Monday, Feb. 3, to defend the now 28-year-old Dylan, who was adopted by Allen and his ex Mia Farrow, although she made no specific mention of the director during her Twitter rant.
"In wake of Dylan's letter I've noticed a lot of guys obsessed with the idea of being falsely accused," the Girls creator began. "As if you would just be walking down the street one day, get accused of assault or sexual misconduct, and suddenly life would derail."
"Though there have, of course, been plenty of terrible and unjust cases in the past, remember…Most victims NEVER speak up. Most never feel they can. These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge," she continued before concluding, "If you think I wanna see a link to your shitty blog about how the American legal system fails sex offenders you are a dummy #blocked."
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She then retweeted a tweet from RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, which read, "@lenadunham Only 3 out of 100 rapists ever spend a day behind bars. Get help: http://rainn.org . Tx for supporting survivors, Lena."
On Monday, Feb. 3, Barbara Walters stood behind the Hollywood heavyweight—who could quite possibly take home his fifth Oscar at the upcoming 86th Annual Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine—during an episode of The View, citing the way in which the 78-year-old father interacts with his two daughters with wife Soon-Yi Previn.
"I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls. I don't know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now," Walters, 84, said in defense of her friend.
However, co-host Sherri Shepherd seemingly took Dylan's side. "We've heard so many cases of people going, 'He was the most wonderful person in the world. I would have never thought he would've'...Barbara, when you say, 'I'm speaking from what I've seen,' there are so many things that go on behind closed doors."
Dylan also singled out several actors who have starred in Allen's movies in the letter, asking, "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?" (Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil. B. DeMille award on behalf of the esteemed director at the Golden Globe Awards).
Blanchett, who is currently a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar, was asked about the missive while attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night, where the Blue Jasmine beauty tactfully replied, "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace."
Alec Baldwin, however, was far more blunt when approaching the topic on Twitter. "What the f--k is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" Blanchett's Blue Jasmine costar responded to one user who asked whether he owes Dylan an apology.
"So you know who's guilty? Who's lying? You, personally, know that?" he replied to another (his tweets have since been deleted).
Meanwhile, Allen's lawyer Elkan Abramowitz appeared on the Today show this morning where he spoke director's behalf, claiming Dylan "was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow 20 years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother," while Allen himself previously called the allegations "untrue and disgraceful."