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Barbara Walters says Woody Allen is a 'loving caring father,' Internet explodes

Posted by Rachel Raczka  February 4, 2014 09:42 AM

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"The View" host Barbara Walters ruffled feathers Monday when she defended Woody Allen, despite the allegations that he molested adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old.

In case you're just tuning into the Internet, let us bring you up to speed:
The accusations came back into light recently following a tweet from Farrow's 26-year-old brother, Ronan, following Allen's acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 12.

This was followed by an open letter in the New York Times penned by Dylan that detailed the claims that the 78-year-old Oscar winner sexually assaulted her as a child. Allen denied the claims and his lawyer released a statement obtained by CNN on Monday, stating the accusations were "engineered by a vengeful lover" and "fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities."

The 28-year-old's mother and Allen's ex, Mia Farrow, and Ronan both have publicly shown their support for her claims.

The allegations were first brought into light by Vanity Fair in 1992, coinciding with the height of Allen and Farrow's falling out following the reveal that he had an affair with her adopted 20-year-old daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Previn subsequently wed and currently have two daughters, Bechet Dumaine, 14, and Manzie Tio, 13.

The topic was naturally up for discussion on Monday's episode of "The View," and Walters spoke up for her friend, stating: "I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and [his wife] Soon-Yi to [their] two girls. I don't know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now ... that it's a good marriage and that he is a loving, caring father. That has to be said."

Walters's co-hosts, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy, weren't ready to agree.

"Barbara, when you say, 'I'm speaking from what I've seen,' there are so many things that go on behind closed doors. We also know that he was with Soon-Yi when she was very young," said Shepard. "You've also got a man who's got a track record. He liked younger women."

"The fact that he likes 'younger women,' that has nothing to do with [it]," replied Walters.

Shepard reminded Walters that 17 is "not of age," but the 84-year-old would not have it.

McCarthy took a less heated approach to the debate, adding that Farrow had "nothing to gain" by coming forward with her allegations; to which Walters responded, "She's doing it now because he's up for an [Academy Award]. And so the question is: Does your personal life interfere with the awards that you may get?"

Needless to say, Walters's comments aren't too popular on Twitter.

Other friends and former coworkers of Allen's have also spoken up on the subject, including Cate Blanchett, who was called out by name in Farrow's letter. The "Blue Jasmine" star was asked at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival during the weekend for her thoughts on the letter and she responded, "It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace," according to Time Magazine.

Alec Baldwin, who starred in Allen's 2012 film "To Rome with Love," turned to Twitter to express his opinions on the matter. He then deleted them. But TIME wrote them down:

"What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family’s personal struggle?"

"So you know who’s guilty? Who’s lying? You, personally, know that?"

"You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue."

 

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