Activists Disrupt Woody Allen Concert in Germany


The controversy surrounding the accusation against Mr. Allen has scarcely lessened even though it goes back a quarter-century.

In 1992, Mr. Allen’s relationship with the actress Mia Farrow crumbled after it emerged that he was having an affair with her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. (Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn later married.) Ms. Farrow told the authorities she believed that her and Mr. Allen’s adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, had been sexually molested.

The authorities in Connecticut, where the family was living at the time, examined the case but did not bring any charges. Experts at Yale New Haven Hospital found that Dylan Farrow had not been sexually abused. The prosecutor who oversaw the investigation has said that he had probable cause to file charges, but that he did not do so because a trial would have been exhausting and debilitating for what he described as the “child victim.”

In February 2014, Dylan Farrow reiterated the accusation in an open letter to her father, who, in an Op-Ed essay in The New York Times, denied the accusation and said she had probably been coached by her mother. The protesters on Tuesday attempted to read from the open letter, according to the German newspaper Bild.

Mr. Allen and his band did not seem particularly rattled by the disruption, as evidenced by video clips of the concert, posted on YouTube. After security personnel removed the women, the band continued with their concert, according to a local news publisher, SHZ.

Later, Mr. Allen issued a short statement calling the protest “stupid,” SHZ reported. He has declined interview requests about the case, and said in his 2014 essay that it was “my final word on this entire matter.”

Femen, founded in Ukraine and now based in Paris, has staged disruptive protests at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and at the Grand Mosque of Paris, among other places.

Correction: July 14, 2017

An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the relationship between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. They did not marry.

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