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Barbara Walters Defends Woody Allen

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The television host sparked a Twitter firestorm when she came to the defense of the famed director, who's facing fresh allegations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child, claims he's dismissed as "untrue"

Barbara Walters caused a social media firestorm Monday when she defended actor and writer Woody Allen on her ABC show The View after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged that he sexually assaulted her as a child.

Walters, who noted she was friends with Allen, got in a heated exchange with co-host Sherri Shepherd two days after Farrow sent an open letter making the allegations to the New York Times. “He is a loving, caring father,” Walters said of the way Allen treats his two children with his wife Soon-Yi.

Allen has denied the allegations, and a representative told the Hollywood Reporter that the allegations were “untrue and disgraceful.”

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