Actor Alec Baldwin announced Sunday that he is interviewing filmmaker-author Woody Allen on Instagram Live, in conjunction with the release of "Zero Gravity," Allen's fifth collection of comic short stories, and his first in 15 years.
"I'm going to be doing an Instagram Live with Woody Allen. Who I love. I love you, Woody," the Amityville-born and Massapequa-raised Baldwin, 64, said in a minutelong video on his Instagram account, holding up a copy of the book. Specifying the interview time and date as Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., he added, "Be there."
In accompanying text, Baldwin acknowledged controversy surrounding four-time Academy Award winner Allen, 86: "Let me preface this by stating that I have ZERO INTEREST in anyone's judgments and sanctimonious posts here. 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."
Decades-old allegations by Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow that Allen had molested her when she was 7 were most recently revived by the 2021 HBO documentary miniseries "Allen v. Farrow," about his child-custody case with his former partner, actor Mia Farrow. Contemporaneous investigations by Yale-New Haven Hospital and the New York State Department of Social Services in the 1990s found no abuse had occurred, and the Connecticut state's attorney did not press charges. Allen has consistently denied the allegations.
Additionally, two adoption agencies found no impropriety when Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn adopted their now adult daughters Bechet and Manzie soon after the couple's 1997 marriage.
Allen has not commented on Facebook, his sole social-media platform.
"Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," three-time Emmy Award winner Baldwin had tweeted in 2018. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it's unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career," he wrote, referring to "Alice" (1990), "To Rome With Love" (2012) and "Blue Jasmine" (2013). "This is a charge that was investigated aggressively and resulted in … nothing," Baldwin added in response to a commenter. "What would it take for you to at least consider that he is telling the truth?"
Neither Mia Farrow nor author and sexual-abuse victims' advocate Dylan Farrow has commented publicly on the upcoming interview.