Two Feminists have disrupted a concert given by a jazz band that includes Woody Allen on Tuesday night in Hamburg, Germany. The activists intended to denounce the silence of the public towards the director, accused by several of his relatives of having sexually assaulted his adopted daughter.
“Stop the culture of silence!,” the women shouted according to the New York Times. The activists appeared topless while the filmmaker played clarinet in the middle of his group, the New Orleans Jazz Band.
In a video published by Germany-based Ruptly TV, the director can be seen remaining calm and even smiling as the incident unfolds, which seems to have lasted only a few minutes. The activists were finally dragged out of the stage to the public’s applause before the concert resumed.
The Femen do not want to be part of a society that protects and celebrates the culprits,” Femen Germany said on its Facebook page. The organization also blames the heads of the Hamburg concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, accused of “offering their stage to a pedophile.”
In 1992, actress Mia Farrow accused Woody Allen, who had just separated after a decade of living together, from sexually assaulting their adopted daughter Dylan. The latter relaunched the case in February 2014 in an open letter published on a blog hosted by the New York Times , claiming to have been abused at 7 by his father .
One of the Femen had written on her back a sentence from the text: “Woody Allen is living proof of the way in which our society lets survivors of sexual assault and abuse”. In the past, Dylan Farrow’s brother, Ronan, also adopted by Wody Allen, has also criticized the press and the film industry for ignoring his father’s past.
he director, now 81 years old and married since 1997 to another adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, has always denied having committed the acts with which she is accused. After the allegations by the filmmaker’s ex-girlfriend, the court had conducted an investigation before giving up the prosecution for not inflicting a high-profile trial on Dylan Farrow.
Quoted by a German newspaper, Woody Allen would have described the action of the Femen as “stupid”. He is expected for a new concert in Hamburg on Wednesday.
Amelie Schmidt is a reporter for Deutch News. After graduating from Humboldt University of Berlin, Amelie got an internship at NDR Fernsehen and worked as a reporter and produce. Amelie has also worked as a reporter for Die Zeit. Amelie covers entertainment and community events for Deutch News.