Movie-maker Spike Lee has apologised after voicing assist for “good friend” Woody Allen, whose daughter has accused him of abusing her when she was seven.
On Friday, Lee dismissed cancel tradition and described his fellow director as “an incredible, nice film-maker”, saying: “I do know he is going via it proper now.”
Allen has denied the declare and has not confronted prices, however many in Hollywood have distanced themselves from him.
Lee later tweeted: “I Deeply Apologize. My Phrases Had been WRONG.”
He wrote: “I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Therapy Causes Actual Injury That Cannot Be Minimized.”
Allen’s daughter Dylan has accused him of sexually abusing her in 1992. The film-maker was investigated however was not prosecuted.
Actors together with Greta Gerwig, Colin Firth and Mira Sorvino have since stated they remorse having labored with Allen, however others, akin to Scarlett Johansson and Diane Keaton, have supported him.
In his latest memoir, he wrote: “I by no means laid a finger on Dylan, by no means did something to her that could possibly be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a complete fabrication from begin to end.”
In his unique feedback, Lee informed New York radio station WOR 710: “I would similar to to say Woody Allen is a good, nice film-maker, and this cancel factor – it isn’t simply Woody… And I feel that once we look again on it we will see that in need of killing someone, I do not know in the event you can simply erase someone like they by no means existed.
“Woody’s a good friend of mine, a fellow [New York] Knicks fan, so I do know he is going via it proper now.”
However he backtracked on social media the next day. The Oscar winner’s newest movie Da 5 Bloods has simply been launched on Netflix.