Alec Baldwin and Woody Allen will be reuniting for an Instagram Live on Tuesday. Baldwin announced the news on Instagram, telling his followers, “Tuesday, the 28th, 10:30 eastern time, I’m going to be doing an Instagram Live with Woody Allen, who I love. I love you, Woody.”
Prior to the interview, which will air at 10:30 a.m. E.T., Baldwin made it clear that he wouldn’t be deterred by critics. “Let me preface this by stating that I have ZERO INTEREST in anyone’s judgments and sanctimonious posts here,” he captioned his post. “I am OBVIOUSLY someone who has my own set of beliefs and COULD NOT CARE LESS about anyone else’s speculation. If you believe that a trial should be conducted by way of an HBO documentary, that’s your issue.”
Baldwin was likely referring to the recent HBO Max docuseries Allen v. Farrow, which investigates the sexual abuse allegations made against Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old. At the time of the alleged abuse, Allen was going through an acrimonious split from actor Mia Farrow, which began after Mia discovered Allen had become sexually involved with Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s then 21-year-old adopted daughter. Two investigations into Dylan’s allegations found no evidence of abuse, and Allen has denied all claims of abuse, publicly doing so in a CBS Sunday Morning interview with CBS news correspondent Lee Cowan in March 2021.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, the release of Allen’s 2019 film, A Rainy Day in New York, was canceled by Amazon Studios (it was distributed overseas), and Hachette Book Group dropped his memoir. While actors such as Timothée Chalamet and Kate Winslet have expressed regret over working with the filmmaker, Baldwin has remained a staunch Allen supporter. After working with the filmmaker on 1990’s Alice, 2012’s To Rome With Love, and 2013’s Blue Jasmine, Baldwin defended Allen’s merit on Twitter and even compared Dylan Farrow to Mayella Ewell, the fictional white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird who falsely accuses an innocent Black man of rape. He doubled down on his defense in 2021.
Baldwin is currently embroiled in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on the set of Rust after a prop firearm Baldwin was holding went off last October. A criminal investigation into the incident by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office remains ongoing.
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