Comedian Laurent Lafitte Opens Cannes Film Festival With Woody Allen Rape Joke
Laurent Lafitte called out Woody Allen on Wednesday — at the Cannes Film Festival — with a joke about the sexual assault allegations against him.
Laurent Lafitte Aims Rape Joke At Woody Allen
“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the U.S.you haven’t even been convicted of rape,” said Lafitte, the host of the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.
“Thank you for coming tonight, sir,” the comedian added from the stage. “Although it’s the least you could do. Your film isn’t even in competition. What’s the worst that could happen? … Or that it’s not as good as ‘Manhattan.’”
Allen is accused of sexually abusing Dylan Farrow — his adopted daughter with ex Mia Farrow.
Farrow published a revealing letter in The New York Times in 2014 detailing the abuse that allegedly occurred when she was seven years old.
Allen’s biological son, Ronan Farrow, published a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday slamming Hollywood and the media for continuing to support his father despite the allegations against him.
“Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies,” he wrote. “‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me.”
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous,” Ronan declared. “It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
Allen is at the festival in France to promote his new film, Cafe Society, starring Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart.
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