Larry David Loves Woody Allen’s Memoir, Doesn’t Think He “Did Anything Wrong”

David worked with Allen in 2009

Larry David
Larry David attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / April 6, 2020 10:05 am

In a recent New York Times piece about his life in quarantine, Larry David took aim at toilet paper hoarders, telling the publication, “in a few months, if I walk into someone’s house and stumble onto 50 rolls of toilet paper in a closet somewhere, I will end the friendship.” It’s exactly the kind of delightful “social assassin” behavior we’ve come to expect from the Curb Your Enthusiasm star. But while buying up more than your share of toilet paper is a dealbreaker for the comedian, the piece also includes the upsetting revelation that he’s willing to be a little more open-minded when it comes to decades of sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen.

David — who starred in Allen’s 2009 film Whatever Works — told the publication he’s been reading Allen’s controversial new memoir, Apropos of Nothing, while quarantined at home, and he had nothing but positive things to say about it. “It’s pretty great, it’s a fantastic book, so funny,” he said. “You feel like you’re in the room with him.”

“It’s just a great book and it’s hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong,” he added.

Of course, there are plenty of people who disagree. Allen’s book was originally slated to be published by Hachette Book Group, but it was dropped by that publisher after employees staged a walk-out in protest. The whole affair was “shrouded in secrecy,” as one New Republic headline put it. (Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow has claimed since 1992 that he molested her when she was a young child.) Ronan Farrow — who wrote Catch and Kill chronicling Harvey Weinstein’s years of sexual abuse —  cut ties with Hachette out of solidarity with his sister, who he has long publicly supported. Farrow has also been critical of Allen’s controversial marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, tweeting in 2011, “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.”

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