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Cate Blanchett keeping low profile before Oscars to avoid Woody Allen questions

Published 06/02/2014 | 11:09

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PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 27:  Actress Cate Blanchett and director Woody Allen attend the "Blue Jasmine" Paris premiere at UGC Cine Cite Bercy on August 27, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
Cate Blanchett and director Woody Allen attend the "Blue Jasmine" Paris premiere
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04:  Actress Cate Blanchett attends "The Monuments Men" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on February 4, 2014 in New York City, New York.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
She's the favourite to win a Best Actress Oscar next month

Cate Blanchett is reportedly keeping out of the spotlight to avoid questions about Woody Allen.

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The actress worked with the director on Blue Jasmine recently. He is currently facing sexual abuse accusations from his daughter Dylan with ex-partner Mia Farrow.

Cate's good friend Philip Seymour Hoffman also passed away last weekend after a suspected heroin overdose, although an autopsy has proved inconclusive.

Current tragic events apparently were behind Cate missing a party for her latest film The Monuments Men at the Metropolitan Club on Tuesday night.

According to New York Daily News, the actress was worried she'd be "overwhelmed" with questions about Woody.

"It has been a tough few days for her," a source told the publication's Confidenti@l column. "She was promoting the film and found herself visiting the devastated children of Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death. I think everyone will understand that she was in no mood to attend a party."

Cate's co-stars George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon were all among the guests enjoying the bash.

Woody's son Moses yesterday came forward, claiming he does not believe his father molested his younger sister.

The filmmaker's attorney, Elkan Abramowitz, also suggested that Mia had "implanted" the idea of sexual abuse into Dylan at a young age.

Mia took to Twitter to address the comments.

"I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness is going to be aimed at me. But this is not about me, it's about her truth. (sic)," she wrote on Tuesday.

Mia also tweeted about Philip's tragic passing.

"Philip S H.got sober at 22 & didn't drink or use for 23 years. Then in 2012 he took pain pills and now he's dead (sic)," she posted.

Mia won custody of Dylan in a bitter court battle in 1993, when allegations of sexual abuse first surfaced, but Woody always denied the claims. Dylan alleged the abuse happened to her when she was seven-years-old.

Over the weekend Dylan wrote an open letter to the 78-year-old, accusing him of assault and detailing specific incidents, published in the New York Times.

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