French film distributor comes to Woody Allen's defense

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PARIS (AP) - Woody Allen's French distributor has defended the American director against sexual abuse claims, saying the furor "taints the dignity of real victims."

Woody Allen with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, Photo Date: 4/22/09 Photo: David Shankbone / Wikipedia / CC BY 3.0

Writing in the weekly Le Point, Mars Films head Stephane Celerier dismissed renewed allegations by Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that Allen molested her in 1992 when she was 7.

Celerier describes the accusation as a family drama unfairly caught in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement following allegations of rape and sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Celerier's defense of Allen is the latest in an emerging narrative in France, particularly in its film industry, that the Hollywood anti-abuse campaign has gone too far. French actress Catherine Deneuve set the feminist world ablaze last month by signing a letter accusing the post-Weinstein groundswell of allegations of being puritanical.

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