- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Topless demonstrators with the women’s rights group FEMEN stormed the stage at Woody Allen’s jazz concert in Germany to protest allegations of sexual abuse against the famed film director.

The activists, who were topless and covered in black writing, reportedly shouted in German, “Stop the culture of silence,” onstage at the Hamburg philharmonic, where Mr. Allen was performing with his New Orleans Jazz Band on Tuesday night.

Mr. Allen, who plays clarinet, has mostly stayed out of the limelight since 2014 when his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed molestation allegations against him, claiming that he sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her. Mr. Allen has vehemently denied the claims.

The female activists stormed the stage about 20 minutes into Tuesday’s performance and attempted to read a letter by Dylan Farrow but were quickly escorted out by security guards, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Video showed the band resuming the concert as the girls were being dragged offstage.

A statement later released by FEMEN, translated by THR, read: “Although the incident occurred decades ago, Dylan (now 31) is still suffering the consequences. Woody Allen is not just the neurotic and charming director, actor and musician, but a father who likes to stick his finger in his daughter. We’d like to remind the world, and jazz fans, of that fact.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide