Her co-stars challenged her over her comments, with Jenny McCarthy asking what Dylan Farrow would have to gain by making the claims. We agree!
The 84-year-old co-creator of “The View” went out on a limb to defend 78-year-old Woody Allen, who is accused of sexually molesting his daughter at the age of seven.
Walters first pointed out that the statute of limitations had run out and Allen can not be prosecuted for any alleged sexual abuse of Dylan.
She then quoted a statement made by Allen’s lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, which claimed the child abuse story was “engineered by a vengeful lover”. They were putting the blame on Woody’s former partner Mia Farrow.
Barbara defended Woody, saying, “I’ve been with Woody many times with his two daughters”, referencing time spent with Allen, his 43-year-old wife Soon-Yi Previn and their two adopted teenage daughters, Bechet and Manzie.
She said, “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”.
Of course Barbara has no idea what goes on behind closed doors.
Jenny McCarthy, 41, took issue with Walter’s stance, saying, “She has nothing to gain by coming out and saying this, so it just makes me stop and question”.
Walters said that Dylan was “supposedly very angry” and made the child abuse allegations because Allen was up for a Best Original Screenplay at the upcoming Academy Awards for his comedy “Blue Jasmine”.
Sherri Shepherd, 46, chimed in saying that often when people are accused of crime that people say they are “the most wonderful person”.
Walters replied, “That’s not what I’m saying”.
McCarthy also pointed out the claim wasn’t so far-fetched because Allen began a relationship with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi when he was 56 and she was 19.
Farrow and Allen separated after Farrow found nude photographs that Allen had taken of Soon-Yi when she was 20.
Walters then said, “But it was mutual. He married her. They’ve been married for 20 years.”
Wow! We certainly wouldn’t stick our neck out for Woody Allen, especially having no idea if the molestation claims are true or not.
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