Woody Allen was caught in the hot seat during the opening night of the 69th annual Cannes International Film Festival when the acclaimed director was singled out by French comedian Laurent Lafitte in a joking exchange apparently comparing him to fellow director Roman Polanski, currently a fugitive from U.S. justice stemming from 1977 charges of raping a 13-year-old girl.

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“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape,” said Lafitte in jokingly during a Q&A session, according to “The Hollywood Reporter“.

Allen was in attendance at the annual festival in support of his new film “Café Society”, which is to premiere this week. The 80-year-old comedian was joined by the film’s cast, including Kristin Stewart, Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Many who were present during the opening night, interpreted the joke as a reference to director Roman Polanski, who has evaded standing trial in the U.S. by living and working in Europe for the past three decades.

The joke would appear to refer to Allen’s wife Soon-Yi, the adopted daughter of the director’s then romantic partner Mia Farrow. Furthermore, Dylan Farrow — the daughter of Allen and Farrow — continues to claim that Allen sexually abused her as a child.

Allen, however, was apparently nonplussed by the comments, according to a tweet from Ramin Setoodeh of “The Hollywood Reporter”;, reporting from Cannes:

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While speaking to the press, the subject of Ronan Farrow’s rebuking essay about Allen came up, with the director stating that he hasn’t read his son’s essay — and doesn’t plan to.

“I never read anything about me,”; Allen said, according to as reported by “Vulture“. “Any of these interviews I do, anything. I said everything I had to say about that whole issue in the New York Times, I don’t know if you read it, some time ago. I have moved so far past that. You know, I never think about it. I work, and that’s the end of it for me. I said I was never gonna comment on it again because I could just go on endlessly.”;