Woody Allen Called Out With Rape Joke at Cannes Film Festival

French comedian Lafitte co-stars in Paul Verhoeven's rape drama, Ellen, which premieres next week at Cannes.

"It is a pleasure to see you in France, because you have shot many films in Europe in recent years, and yet in the United States you haven't even been convicted for rape".

While the funnyman didn't reference Roman Polanski specifically, it's safe to assume he was referencing the French-Polish filmmaker who now lives in Europe after avoiding US charges for unlawfully sleeping with a 13-year-old girl.

But Allen seemed unperturbed by the gag and said "It would take a lot to offend me". On Thursday, Allen told a Variety reporter that he's totally cool with what Lafitte said, because he respects a comedian's freedom.

Polanski's French wife Emmanuelle Seigner branded Lafitte "pathetic" on her Instagram account and said it was a "vulgar, mediocre" opening ceremony.

Ronan repeated sexual assault claims made by his sister Dylan Farrow: "Our father, Woody Allen, had "groomed" her with inappropriate touching as a young girl and sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old".

Kristen Stewart recently defended working with Allen on Café Scoiety and said she discussed it with Jesse Eisenberg as she was initially unsure.

"[Stewart and Lively] can trust that the press won't ask them the tough questions", he said. The op-ed drew comparisons between his famous father and Bill Cosby in the time period just before America turned on him.

Actress Blake Lively stepped out at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (May 11) in a striking red jumpsuit by Juan Carlos Obando.

And he's happy his film is not in the running for the Palme d'Or award as "I don't believe in competition".

The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 11-22.

This year's opening film was chosen to be Woody Allen's latest film "Cafe Society". The Competition Jury of the 69th edition of the Festival led by its president George Miller walked the red-carpeted steps of the Palais as well and posed for photographs. "I don't want to speak about something I haven't read". "What bothered me most last night was the length of the show before the movie", variety.com quoted Allen as saying. "I think that was a hard thing to swallow in 30 seconds".

Allen entered into a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner Mia Farrow, when Previn was only 21, and they married in 1997.

Allen responded in a letter posted online Friday night by the Times that insisted "of course I did not molest Dylan".

"They think I romanticise New York City, that I romanticise the past, that I romanticise love relationships: I probably do and it probably is foolish, but I was brought up on Hollywood movies and this is what I tend to do". "I said I was never gonna comment on it again because I could just go on endlessly".