Topless activists crash Woody Allen concert in Germany to protest sexual violence

Woody Allen's clarinet performance didn't go as planned on Tuesday after two topless women stopped the show.

Allen was performing with his Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in Hamburg, Germany when two protesters from the radical women's group Femen ran onstage, yelling “Stop the culture of silence."

Femen members are known for their topless protests, and these two activists painted their bare torsos with quotes from the 2014 open letter that Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, wrote to accuse him of sexual assault.

The crowd began booing once the two women took the stage, and the performance continued after concert hall employees escorted them away. According to SHZ.de, the website for local newspaper Schleswiger Nachrichten, the band had already finished the performance. Allen issued a statement after the show calling the protest “stupid."

In a Facebook post, Femen took credit for the protest, writing in French that they stormed the stage to condemn alleged perpetrators of sexual violence. Earlier this year, six Femen activists staged a topless stunt on France's election day, wearing Donald Trump and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen masks to protest Le Pen's candidacy.

"FEMEN’s naked attacks is a naked nerve of the historic woman-system conflict, its most visual and appropriate illustration," reads the website for the group, which was founded in Ukraine but now operates out of France. "(The) activist’s naked body is the undisguised hatred toward the patriarchal order and new aesthetics of women’s revolution."

Allen tours with his band playing clarinet, and the ensemble last visited Germany in 2011, according to the concert program.

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