Barbara Walters is stirring controversy for defending Woody Allen against allegations that he sexually molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

Farrow recently wrote about her alleged experiences in an open letter.


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A power panel discussed Walters’ remarks and the allegations against Allen on The Kelly File tonight.

“I see no reason to not trust [Dylan Farrow] and trust Woody Allen,” Washington Free Beacon’s Ellison Barber said. Barber said she thinks about the fact that he was with Soon-Yi Previn, his wife, since she was 19 and he had been in her life for 12 years before then. Previn is the adopted stepdaughter of Mia Farrow, Allen’s girlfriend at the time.


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Jamie Weinstein, senior editor of the Daily Caller, said that there was a six-month study at the time, and experts came to the conclusion that Dylan had not been molested. Dylan was interviewed nine times, and Allen took and passed a lie detector test. Mia Farrow did not take a lie detector test.

“I don’t know what the answer to this is, I’ve read that letter from Dylan, it’s stunning, it’s chill-inducing, you have goose bumps,” Weinstein said.

Kelly pointed out that Allen’s defenders say Dylan believes that she was molested, but that she may wrongly believe it. They say she may have been manipulated by her mother.

“That’s psychologically insane to go after your girlfriend’s daughter  … the mother of your other children, and by the way, Soon-Yi Previn was a little girl when they met," Julie Roginsky, president of Comprehensive Communications Group, said.

Watch the full power panel above.