London: Hollywood actress Diane Keaton has defended filmmaker Woody Allen from the sexual assault claims made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
The 68-year-old actress presented the director with the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes earlier this year, reportedly.
"I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend. The actress said.Keaton, who featured in Allen`s `Manhattan` (1979) and `Annie Hall` (1977), among other films, also responded to having been singled out by Dylan in an open letter that detailed the abuse claims against Allen.
"They have to drag someone in. I don`t resent it, not for a second," Keaton replied when asked if she resented being named in the letter. Keaton said she was not very familiar personally with Dylan Farrow.
"I saw her maybe three times. I didn`t know her. It`s not a bad accusation. I was never friends with Mia ? I was friendly. Sort of like I`m friendly with you. I like you, I like the way you are. I like the way she is, too. She`s very charming.
"But I never knew her as a friend. A friend ? that`s a commitment. It`s as close as you can get to family, and sometimes it`s even closer," Keaton said.
In February, Dylan detailed that she was sexually assaulted by Allen when she was a child and singled out Keaton and other actors who appeared in Allen`s films.
The director then responded with a op-ed denying the claims. After Keaton presented Allen with the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Globe awards on January 12, Dylan Farrow`s brother, Ronan Farrow, made headlines for a tweet that reiterated the abuse claims made against the director.