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Barbara Walters supports Woody Allen, after renewed sex abuse allegations against film-maker

Published on Feb 5, 2014 6:12 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Woody Allen's lawyer and veteran journalist Barbara Walters have both come out in support of the film-maker following renewed allegations of sexual abuse from his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old.

Mr Elkan Abramowitz, who represented Allen at the time of the original investigation into abuse two decades ago, told NBC News on Tuesday that the "timing is suspect", and linked the accusations to Allen's recent Golden Globes life achievement award.

"Nothing's happened, they haven't had any relationship for the last 20 years. So all of a sudden we're seeing these allegations surface again, and one has to wonder why," he told NBC's Today show. "He is innocent. The case is over - there is no case."

The campaign for Allen comes as voters prepare to cast ballots for the Oscars next week. Allen's film Blue Jasmine has three nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for him and Best Actress for Cate Blanchett.

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