Barbara Walters Vociferously Defends Woody Allen Over Sexual Abuse Claims (Video)

Barbara Walters Vociferously Defends Woody Allen Over Sexual Abuse Claims (Video)

During a heated segment on “The View” discussing Dylan Farrow's New York Times letter that accused Woody Allen of sexual assault, Barbara Walters vehemently defended the director

Barbara Walters fiercely defended besieged film director Woody Allen from allegations by his estranged daughter that he sexually assaulted her when she was a child during Monday's edition of “The View.” Other “View” panelists tried to argue that Allen's previous attraction to younger women could give credibility to the claims but Walters shut them down repeatedly.

“I know Mia, I have a good relationship with her,” Walters explained. “But I've been with Woody many times with his two daughters, he's got almost a twenty-year-old marriage…I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, and as loving and as caring as Woody is to his daughters. I don't know about Dylan, I can only tell you about what I've seen now, that it's a good marriage and that he's a loving, caring father.”

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“She has nothing to gain in coming out and saying this” Jenny McCarthy countered.

“Supposedly, she's very angry,” Walters responded. “But she's doing it now because he's up for an award, so the question is does your personal life interfere with the award?”

Guest panelist Dana Loesch thought maybe it was the best time to divert attention.

“Or maybe it's because he's up for an award!” Walters interjected sharply.

“We've heard so many cases where he was the most wonderful person in the world,” Sherri Shepherd argued.

“That's not what I'm saying!” Walter interrupted.

Watch the heated discussion below:

  • Robert

    Yeah Babs, Woody has an almost twenty year marriage…to a woman he knew as a child, who was raised by his ex.

  • Jerk Police

    From what she knows and saw? There are little girls getting molested and their own siblings and other parent don't even know and they live in the same house. How the hell she thinks she knows what kind of man he is based on what she “saw.”

    It is my understanding the Connecticut police had enough evidence but thought the “child” too fragile to testify.

  • The Truth

    Shut your stupid mouth Barbara and quit supporting a child MOLESTER!!! You celebrities have no moral standards, you make me sick you sorry b!atch

  • Grammy Winner Taylor Swift

    Barbara will die soon anyway.

    • Krysta

      I hope this is not correct !

    • Neutral

      Were you there? Stop judging until you know all the facts! Has anyone heard of the cases of false accusations that have been varified as false. Especially the one of the family in New York state that owned the largest daycare facility in the state & was falsely accused of molestation,rape,performing satanic rituals including animal sacrifice & other accusations. Only to be found completely inocent based on 15 independent investigations!!! LOOK IT UP! It was on 20/20 I believe. So shut up until you know more! And Taylor Swift how would you feel if someone said something like what you said about your mother or family member? DUMB little country singer!

  • OL

    Disgusting makes me so sick.Horrible when I was a Teenager I loved Woody Allen Films I did notice a change in him and his movies. His Son who was adopted, stated the same thing. I think in 1989 I saw the Film Crimes & Misdemeanors there is a scene in which he has the Camera on his very young adopted daughter for a brief second and says” The last Time I was inside a woman was the statue of Liberty” I remember Telling my husband how that comment along with the sudden closeup of his daughter Dylan, was disturbing. I was not surprised when allegations of Child Abuse surfaced. I was alarmed at the the fact that some people didn't care or it did not bother them. The Man is an obvious Pedophile and has received a FREE PASS from the MEDIA. His Son stated that he Woody Allen destroyed his life. and has had nothing to do with him.I have not watched Woody Allen Films in a very Long time. and he has not made a good film in decades. Which is telling.Barbara Walters is a MORON who is morally Bankrupt The Guy is an obvious Pedophile. Really look at him his behavior. Don't ever leave your Kids with Barbara Walters thats for sure

  • Guest

    Barbara Walters needs to get her head out of her a$$, chilren do not lie about these things. Catch up to 2014 Barbara, you are no longer relevant!

    • Dorothy

      IF this act occurred, before accepting her account: I ask
      why now when this occurred 20 years ago. Researching the case, the doctors
      found no evidence of abuse, mia and her children may have an ax to grin and why
      is Dylan bringing other people into their family dysfunction. He was not charge
      with anything, so they are not to work with woody because of what he may have
      done? Keep it between the family and law enforcement, she may be hindering
      someone from an award they earned in an attempt to ruin woody's career, wake-up
      people. I am saying, you can believe
      Dylan if you want to, most people will form their own opinion, one way or the
      other. But, what we should not do is start bringing other people in this
      because they associate with his work; should they not be allowed to work and
      make a living? According to the constitution, Woody is innocent until proven
      guilty, not based on past behavior, Dylan should take her complaint to proper
      authorities and do not seek sympathy from public opinion.

      • Eenonymous

        The proof is his current wife. His past behavior is pretty telling on his character and what he's capable of. And she could have waited 20 yrs for millions of reasons… threats, contracts, embarrassment, denial, emotional instability, all kinds of things. Maybe she didn't get far with the cops, who knows, she still shouldn't be quieted because you're uncomfortable with her accusations. I'd want to know for safety reasons if I'm associating/supporting a potential child molester, so it shouldn't be a shock when people are uncomfortable awarding him. These are serious criminal acts here, and if they aren't true then at least he's got the unyielding support of Barbara and friends.

  • Guest

    Woody Allen should be boycotted!

    • piquant

      I've not watched his movies in year and years. He's always creeped me out!

  • PINKY

    What DO you know Barbs?He's fine with his own flesh and blood but this was his adopted daughter.Thats a big big difference.How can you defend that filthy OLD DIRTBAG?We all know what he's like.We don't care what you think.Your opinion does.t matter.

  • 1giddygeezer

    Unfortunately most child molesters are just the type of father she described. Loving, caring and overprotective. They act this way to cement the child's loyalty. I child is very hesitant to tell secrets about a father she adores. I believe the daughters he has with Soon Yi are adopted as well. It seems odd that he keeps adopting little girls at his age.

  • Linnsey

    I've yet to hear a rapist, child abuser or wife beater not have friends who say these exact things. Oh, he couldn't have, he's such a nice guy!

    What they really mean is, it can't happen to me! I couldn't have been fooled.
    Selfish idiots. I've lost so much respect for Walters.

  • Dcmom

    Babs … If it was a conservative actor ..(oh wait there are none ) lol…ok then a conservative anything your old ugly self would be yelling ‘”rape, rape”..,oh and BTW how many homeless shelters do you have living around your liberal high rise street? But you feel okayb just keep pushing them OUR way …practice what you preach..
    How canmyou really sleep at night being such a hypocrit.

  • gloria

    Barbara you are such a stereotype liberal…if he was a conservative you would be yelling ” rape” and have him tarred and feathered” you are so yesterday lady…you and your lib media…when was the last time you actually went yo a homeless shelter? I bet you wouldn't want one near your high rise or Hampton summer home…yet you have no hesitancy to place them in hard working middle class neighborhoods …shame on you…I hope you and your dilutional rightesnous sleep week at night

    • LAguy323

      Could you quit it with the stupid liberal vs conservative crap and just focus on the goddam issue?

  • Kas

    I can't believe Barbara Walters would defend Woody Allen so passionately! I have zero respect for you Barbara!

    • LAguy323

      This doesn't erase my respect for Barbara Walters, however she is way wrong on this issue and I vehemently disagree with her.

  • Debbie Leatherman Hudnall

    Barbara is ignorant to what child molestors do! They are just like everyone else except the molest kids, it's a thrill for them, it arouses them. Just shut up unless you KNOW he didn't do it. My gut has ALWAYS thought he was a pervert for marrying his step daughter..puke! Gag! He's so damned ugly I will never figure out ANY woman being with him on purpose. Mia? What did you see in him?

  • Charles Freeman

    When Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd are the ones marking rational, thoughtful and insightful comments…

    • LAguy323

      They're both actually quite bright.

      • Charles Freeman

        You and I must have different definitions of the phrase, “quite bright.”

  • Paul L. Rogers

    Sheri nailed it. I'm tired of Hollywierd protecting this and other molesters (Polanski). I did not know Hollywierd took child care classes from Catholic Priests. The guy married his adopted step daughter. What the fuck! I hope he rots in hell.

  • Orit Presser-Hizme

    Barbara Walters is dated. She can be nipped and tucked on the outside but she is from Woody Allen's generation, when women were objectified and silent and ashamed to report any impropriety.

  • FauxRealFaux

    Barbara Walters is losing her mind.

  • Cathy Hauser Springer

    I am so glad Sherry didn't allow Barbara to push her around- everyone else around that table too busy kissing her butt!

  • Joseph Crow Riley

    Marrying his sort of step-daughter makes him a creepy douche bag, but it doesn't make him a child molester. Barbara is the only journalist on the panel and journalists (Fox “News” excepted) are supposed to base judgment on tangible evidence and fact, not on conjecture and hearsay. So until he goes to trial and is convicted, let's at least refer to him as “alleged” child molester.

    • She Codes

      Being a creepy douchebag without normal sexual boundaries DOES cast a light of doubt on his word. Additionally, he dated Mia Farrow's mother also.

  • Randi

    If Barbara Walters is not currently suffering from some form of dementia, then my admiration for her all of these years was, on the basis of her thoughtless comments regarding a child molester…, unjustified. Shame on her!

  • Elizabeth Grehl Breden

    Really Barbara….. he married his step daughter…. where is his judgement and caring when he was sleeping with his step daughter… shows me he has a divergent personality

  • lcl

    His behavior is creepy, the nude pictures of his girlfriends adopted daughter, his affair with her. People can say that he is not her father, and he isn't, but he was Mia's boyfriend and in a father like role to the girl when she was younger. It's not illegal, but it does speak to his charactor, or lack of. As far as the allegations made by Dylan, she has never changed her story and has remained silent until now. It is her word against his as there is no evidence. I believe her.

    • piquant

      I too believe her

  • Myal

    Barbara Walters is showing her foolish bias for Woody against the daughter who says he molested her. What do you really know, Barbara? How does being Woody's loyal friend allow any form of defense against what he may have done to that seven year old in the privacy of the attic? Wake up, Barbara. You don't know what you don't know. Just because he is your friend, does not prove he didn't violate his little seven year old girl. Maybe you should just leave The View ahead of schedule?

  • POV4

    Woody would be really stupid to fondle his children in front of Barbara. She interviewed the most influential people in the world, she broke into the boys club of journalism. Yet her memoir was a sleazy kiss and tell about her sexual exploits. So I find her condoning his preferences suspect.

  • She Codes

    Barbara has NEVER been a woman's woman. She sells out to the famous, the powerful, and the rich EVERY TIME.

  • commonsense1

    Walters is a wacko, she has no clue to what this jerk is doing behind closed door, Money is Walters God, he would put on a show in her presence …this woman has always been dense , her and Whoopi are out of touch with the real world…

  • Myal

    Anonymous, how do you know so much about this? Are you a family member, friend, or former employee?

  • Punish_Him

    I hate you Barbara Walter! how could you defend a CHILD MOLESTER? you are so sick!!!…and i used to admired you ( ufff shame on me)… how could you defend an old, sick , nasty criminal…He should be in jail!!!!
    A lady in CA molested 2 girls and she is going to spend her life in prison ….and Woody Allen is getting awards?
    JUSTICE PLEASE!!

  • Mirquella Santos

    Barbara Walters is my idol. She is indeed a strong smart female. This
    time, I do not agree with her. I believe Dylan 100%. Why Shouldn't we?
    Woody Allen is a sexual predator who preys on children. Mia's brother
    got caught because he does not have money. Woody hides behind his
    millions. It's sad that in America young women are abuse when they talk
    about their abuse. Their abusers become the heroes just because money is
    involve. Not me. Woody Allen is a rapist and no money will take that
    away.

    • Charles Freeman

      How old are you and why do you look up to her, or anyone, as an “idol”?

  • A.

    the saddest part about this story is the daughter and how much pain she is in. Something happened to her, we will probably not know the entire truth but my heart does go out for her, I pray her pain someday heals

  • Myal

    Barbara seems to think her word is gold. If Barbara says Woody is innocent of these charges, then he MUST be innocent! Barbara, you are a silly old foggy headed ding-bat!

  • DS

    I will NEVER shun Woody Allen, his own son is defending him. He lived there and witnessed how going against his mother would garner a wrath that her children had no defense against. I believe that Dylan is telling her truth but I think that it is a lie that her mother put in her head. The truth is we will never know what really happened in that home. I choose to admire a the talent and genius that he is in his craft.
    Furthermore, They completely vetted the situation at the time of the alleged accusations and it was proved that she was not abused.

    • harddazeknight

      Firstly, it was NOT proved that she was not abused. The Yale New Haven Hospital team who wrote the study had been asked to determine if Dylan’s behavior was consistent with having suffered sexual abuse and if she would be a credible witness. The team was not charged with or qualified to conduct a criminal investigation. To report that Allen was innocent was, in itself, indicative in just how skewed the report was. The report, written after a six month study, was foundationally flawed and was accompanied by eye brow raising circumstance. Two of the examiners refused to testify in the legal proceedings and the third examiner, Dr. John Levanthal who would not testify but issued a deposition, never saw or interviewed Dylan or Mia Farrow. Interestingly enough, the notes from the study were destroyed before the lead examiner made the study available. Levanthal, the head examiner, later reversed himself on a salient factor in his findings, to wit; he had concluded that Dylan had trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality because she recalled seeing “dead heads” in the attic and referred to sunset as “the magic hour”. After learning that Mia kept wigs on styrofoam headforms in the attic and that Mia herself referred to sunset as the “magic hour” concluded that perhaps he had been wrong in his assessment.

      To decide that “THEY” completely vetted the situation is shamefully delusional. Woody Allen refused to take lie detector tests administered by the Connecticut State Police but instead took one administered by someone hired by his $1,000 an hour attorney. The courts refused to accept those findings because there were no controls as to who administered the test, what the specific results of the Allen examination[s] were, how many tests were taken, what questions were asked and how each answer was evaluated. Justice Elliott Wilk, the judge who denied Allen custody of Allen's three children with Mia Farrow, concluded that “Mr. Allen's behavior toward Dylan was grossly inapproriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.” In fact, court documents show that he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as “inappropriate” behavior with Dylan from as early as 1991. Nannies and babysitters gave testimony that described elements of molestation. If you take time to investigate and understand what happened, the evidence is incontrovertible that Woody Allen molested Dylan Farrow.

  • Piquant

    I thought Barbara Walters was disgusting. The tv will be switched to another channel or turned off when she is on.

  • Jozie1958

    Time to retire, Babs; you're losing it!

  • outraged

    Barbara Walters is not objective or relevant any longer. She constantly has Bill O'Reilly on her show after he has insulted her co-hosts, and was found guilty of sexual harassament of his assistant. She discussed in her book how she had an affair with a married Congressman, yet scolds other women that she interviews as if she, Barbara, is holier than thou!
    It's been well documented that Woody Allen had an affair with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter when she was a teenager. Mia Farrow found pornographic photos of her daughter on his fireplace mantel. The assault on Dylan took place at Mia's Connecticut home–it was all over the newspapers at the time. It's clear that Woody hates women, study his films closely.

  • Charles Freeman

    His first wife was 16 (he was 19), his character in “Manhattan” was in love with a high school student (Mariel Hemingway was 17 during filming) and his current wife, who is over 30 years younger, was his girlfriend's adopted daughter who helped raised from a young child.

    Pattern?

  • Guest

    This is terrible, and if true; if Woody Allen was so blatent with his actions – shame on those who failed Dylan!

  • Fact Police

    Actually, for the state of New York, the age of consent is 17 years of age, with no limited clauses until very recently. I think at the time Allen was dating Stacey Nelkin, I believe New York's age of consent was 16. So, while socially taboo (he's never publicly acknowledged his relationship with Nelkin), it was perfectly legal at the time, and I think it would still be perfectly legal, now.

  • TruthSeeker

    I'm am very disappointed in Barbara Walter remarks but not surprise coming from her…It appears that's she does not know the behavioral of individuals who sexually abuse their children. They are always loving and, caring with their children…….That is written in “every book” describing fathers, mothers, grandfathers etc..who abuse their children.
    That comment I'm sure just adds to the grief of many survivors of child molestation.

  • Rhonda D.

    Not only should all of Woody's movies be BOYCOTTED, but the irrelevant and biased program, “The View”, needs to be canceled.