Spike Lee Backtracks Defense Of 'Friend' Woody Allen: 'My Words Were Wrong'

Written by on June 14, 2020

A query about Woody Allen might be the dying knell for any press tour ― ideas and prayers to Scarlett Johansson’s presumably very drained publicist ― however Spike Lee is attempting to course-correct after defending the controversial filmmaker. 

The “BlacKkKlansman” director has been busy selling his new Netflix movie, “Da 5 Bloods.” He referred to as into New York’s WOR radio on Friday to speak concerning the conflict drama, which explores the traumas a gaggle of Black veterans skilled in the course of the Vietnam Conflict.

Within the interview, Lee defended Allen towards cancel tradition, suggesting he’d been unfairly maligned by the trade.

“I’d identical to to say Woody Allen is a superb, nice filmmaker and this cancel factor is not only Woody,” Lee stated. “Once we look again on it, we’re going to see that, in need of killing any person, I don’t know which you could simply erase somebody like they by no means existed. Woody’s a good friend of mine, a fellow Knick fan, and I do know he’s going via it proper now.”

Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow has for many years accused her father of sexually abusing her when she was a toddler. Since Farrow spoke out in 1992, Allen has denied the allegations made towards him. 

Following on-line criticism over Lee’s feedback, the “Do the Proper Factor” director walked them again and issued a press release in assist of victims of sexual abuse.

“I Deeply Apologize. My Phrases Have been WRONG. I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Remedy Causes Actual Injury That Can’t Be Minimized. -Actually, Spike Lee,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

After being disavowed by a lot of its high-profile solid members, Allen’s most up-to-date movie, “A Wet Day in New York,” was shelved by Amazon Studios and by no means launched domestically; Amazon additionally terminated a multifilm deal amid stress from the Me Too motion. 

Earlier this 12 months, Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” was set to be launched by Hachette E book Group, however after workers staged a walkout in protest, the corporate reversed its choice to distribute the e book, during which he responds to allegations of kid sexual abuse made towards him.

Farrow expressed her gratitude for the workers who stood up for her in a press release after the walkouts. 

“Phrases won’t ever describe the debt of gratitude I owe to you,” Farrow wrote. “For somebody who has felt alone in my story for therefore lengthy, yesterday was a profound reminder of what a distinction might be made when individuals stand and unite collectively for what’s proper.”

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