Allen becomes rape joke target at Cannes

PARIS: American film-maker Woody Allen became the target of a rape joke at the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

French comedian Laurent Lafitte made a joke that referred to the sexual assault allegations against the 80-year-old, who is in France to promote his film Cafe Society, reports

“It’s very nice that you have been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the US,” Lafitte joked, apparently also making reference to Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, who fled to Europe after pleading guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl. “Thank you for coming tonight, Sir. But it’s good, because you give badly-paid bit parts to French actors, which kind of puts them in their place,” he continued in French.

Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan had claimed he sexually abused her when she was seven. The film-maker has denied that claim.