×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Woody Allen’s Jazz Concert in Germany Disrupted by Topless Feminists

Two topless female protesters from the feminist group Femen interrupted a concert by Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, who were playing their first concert in Germany in six years Tuesday evening.

Targeting Allen for his alleged abuse of adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, the women stormed the stage about 20 minutes into the show at the Elbphilharmonie, the glittering new concert hall in Hamburg. The woman ran about on stage wearing flowers in their hair and with messages scrawled on their bodies – quotes from Farrow’s 2014 open letter detailing Allen’s alleged abuse, according to Femen’s Facebook page. The protesters were met with loud boos from the audience before they were finally escorted out by the hall’s personnel.

Following the show, activists outside the Elbphilharmonie handed out leaflets explaining that they had not sought “to spoil the evening” but rather “to give the victims of sexual violence a voice,” according to broadcaster NDR.

Allen denied the allegations made by Farrow and her mother, Mia Farrow, in a lengthy 2014 op-ed in The New York Times. The filmmaker said it would be his “final word” on the matter.

Appearing cool and unperturbed following the incident, the 82-year-old Allen, on clarinet, and the band began playing again as the protesters were dragged off. The jazz combo was given an enthusiastic ovation at the end of the concert, front-row tickets for which sold for €200 ($230), according to NDR. Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band play weekly at Café Carlyle in New York City.

The episode followed a weekend of mass protests against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, which left 476 police officers injured and 186 demonstrators arrested. Last Friday, the Elbphilharmonie, which opened in January, played host to leaders of the world’s 20 leading economies, who gathered to listen to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in the vast high-rise venue while police kept thousands of angry demonstrators at bay with water cannons and tear gas.

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Born to Be Live: 'Easy Rider'

    Born to Be Live: 'Easy Rider' Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City

    In a year full of major 50th anniversary commemorations — from Woodstock to the moon landing — why not one for “Easy Rider,” Dennis Hopper’s hippie-biker flick that was released on July 14, 1969? That was the idea when a rep for Peter Fonda, who starred in the film as the laid-back Captain America, reached out [...]

  • Rob Thomas Sammy Hagar

    Sammy Hagar Joins Rob Thomas for 'Smooth' Performance (Watch)

    Who do you call when your pal Carlos Santana has plans on a Friday night? If you’re Rob Thomas, you recruit another famous friend, rocker Sammy Hagar, who turned up to help the singer close out the latest show of his Chip Tooth Smile tour with a performance of “Smooth” at the Fox Performing Arts [...]

  • US record producer The-Dream arrives for

    Top Music Publishers Come Together for Songs of Hope Honors

    The 15th annual Songs of Hope honors united songwriters, music industry insiders and more than a few preeminent doctors at producer Alex Da Kid’s Sherman Oaks compound on Thursday night. Jimmy Jam returned to host the event, which served as a fundraiser for the ever-vital City of Hope medical treatment center as well as a [...]

  • Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Takes Beatles' 'White Album'

    Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Gets Back to '68 by Touring Beatles' 'White Album'

    The 50th anniversary re-release of 1969’s “Abbey Road” may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean Beatles fans have been there and done that when it comes to celebrating ’68. Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and several other name musicians of a certain vintage are teaming up to go out [...]

  • Rob Cowan, Greg Silverman'The Conjuring 2'

    Greg Silverman’s Stampede, School of Rock Team for Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman is partnering with School of Rock through his content creation company Stampede. The collaboration with the music school will create exclusive content, starting with the development of an unscripted series.  School of Rock operates a network of performance-based education franchises that offer students of all ages guidance [...]

  • 'Downton Abbey' Music Gets 'Bigger, Better,

    As 'Downton Abbey' Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets 'Bigger, Better, Grander'

    When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow. This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content