‘Woody’s a friend of mine’: Spike Lee not a fan of cancel culture, supports Allen

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 is being supportive of friend and fellow directory Woody Allen and is not here for him being canceled.

In an interview with Len Berman and Michael Riedel for WOR 710 radio on Friday, the “Da 5 Bloods” director was asked how he feels about Woody Allen being canceled as a result of the #MeToo era.

“Well, I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker, and this cancel thing is, (it’s) not just Woody… I think that when we look back on it, we’re gonna see that, I don’t know if it’s just short of killing somebody, I don’t if you just erase somebody like they never existed,” Lee said. “Woody’s a friend of mine, a fellow Knicks fan, so I know he’s going through it right now.”

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Allen has been under scrutiny since his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, whom he shared with Mia Farrow, accused him of sexual assault in 2014.

Dylan claimed that Allen molested her when she was a child. Allen has denied any wrongdoing, and he was never charged after two separate investigations in the 1990s. 

Allen has been the center of much controversy since the ’90s – facing abuse allegations by Farrow as well as criticism for marrying Soon-Yi Previn, the young Korean-born adopted daughter of his longtime partner Farrow and her ex-husband, composer André Previn.

In a rare interview with The Daily Mail last month, the award-winning director opened up about the scandal, his relationship with Previn and how he is adjusting to the worldwide pandemic.Get the Entertainment newsletter in your inbox.

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The sexual abuse allegations resurfaced amid the #MeToo era and again after the release of his memoir “Apropos of Nothing” earlier this year.

The autobiography was dropped by Hachette, the publisher of “Catch and Kill,” a book by Allen’s estranged son Ronan Farrow, about his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on sexual assault by powerful men such as film producer Harvey Weinstein and former “Today” host Matt Lauer.

Farrow threatened to leave the publishing house, writing that, “Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir after other major publishers refused to do so and concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on “Catch and Kill” – a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse. I’ve also told Hachette that a publisher that would conduct itself in this way is one I can’t work with in good conscience.”

After the publishing house dropped Allen’s memoir, Farrow tweeted that he was “grateful to all the Hachette employees who spoke up and to the company for listening.”

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