Lena Dunham Responds to Dylan Farrow Letter, Defends Sexual Assault Victims

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Lena Dunham is standing up for Dylan Farrow and, by extension, sexual assault victims everywhere.

The stepdaughter of Woody Allen alleged in an open letter to The New York Times over the weekend that the famous director abused her as a child.

She claims he took her up to the family's attic and forced himself upon her multiple times.

The accusation has hit Hollywood hard, with Farrow calling out such big names as Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett for continuing to work with Allen, whose publicist has labeled this claim as disgraceful and untrue.

Now, Girls creator Dunham has taken to Twitter in response to those who believe Farrow, whose claims first surfaced back in 1992, is a liar.

"In wake of Dylan’s letter I’ve noticed a lot of guys obsessed with the idea of being falsely accused..." Dunham writes.

"As if you would just be walking down the street one day, get accused of assault or sexual misconduct, and suddenly life would derail.”

The HBO star acknowledged that “there have, of course, been plenty of terrible and unjust cases in the past,” but urged people to remember that “most victims NEVER speak up.”

She closed her point by saying: “Most never feel they can. These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge.”

Yesterday on The View, Barbara Walters seemed to take the opposite approach, hinting strongly that Dylan Farrow is making up the story because she's bitter.

Allen is nominated for an Oscar for Blue Jasmine and universally recognized in the industry as a living legend, which Farrow admits promoted her letter.

Does that mean she's fabricating it, though? Walters is at least willing to entertain the idea, which made for some heated exchanges to say the least.

Watch her defense of Allen here, watch Girls online for more from Dunham and sound off now with your take on this whole Woody Allen situation...

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People seem to forget that dear old Woody also married his adopted DAUGHTER Soon-Yi Previn when she was 21 and he was 56. This is a young girl he helped raise when married to Mia Farrow. But that is what pedophiles do...it's called "Grooming". Combine that with Dylan's statement, (keeping in mind that repressed memories can take years to resurface) and Woody gets my vote for Best Performance By A Predator!

@ Dalyce

Let's just keep it clear: she was not his adopted daughter. She was adopted by Mia Farrow. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow never married. Still creepy to marry your ex-girlfriend's/former partner's adopted daughter, but let's not distort the facts.

@ Dalyce

"People seem to forget?" I don't think so - it's mentioned in every frickin' article!


Now BA BA how dare her imply this woman is a liar. After reading this BA BA is dead as far as me & million others are concerned. It is time for her to retire she has what you call dementia and foot & mouth problem.


So what medical evidence exists? Mia Farrow brought this up in her custody case against Woody Allen. here is the evidence: world wide web dot nytimes dot com / books / 97 / 02 / 23 / reviews / farrow - verdict dot html Two different teams of psychological and criminal investigators found there was no evidence of abuse. Please note his other kids did not want to see him either and when this court case took place he had supervised visits for his youngest son. This is a totally dysfunctional and abusive family. I fully believe both parents mentally and emotionally used and abused the kids. It is too bad Dylan has suffered the emotional abuse from her parents. But forensic evidence does not support her claim any more now than it did in the early 1990's. I hope she can find a competent therapist to help her deal with reality.


Lena D needs to shut her mouth . She is ugly and looks like a fat muffin . She's a lesbian with her jacked up teef .

@ Harry

Lena is a breath of fresh air in an industry full of phonies. I just wish she'd give the glamourous photo-shoots a miss - they seem so wrong for her. She's much more appealing as a 'real' person.


I don't know if this is true or not. But I always thought Woody Allen's films and acting are crap . ...bores me to sleep.

@ bruce

You're so right. His stuff is so darn boring. I have no idea why anybody watches any of it. Just dry, lame crap.


The name Woody Allen should be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Stars, the Oscars, the Emmy's, the Golden Globes, etc. It should be as if he never existed. As for his movies, for those that wish to continue watching them that is their business, I will never watch any of his films again.

@ Robert+Furst

I agree. His films should be erased or destroyed under close supervision and the names Allen and Alan should be completely disallowed. A child never lies.

@ Michele Gelais

"A child never lies." Clearly, you don't know a lot about children, or humans in general. I'm not saying Woody is innocent: the only people who know the facts at this point are Dylan, Woody, and possibly Mia Farrow. But don't rush to conclusions without proofl. That's how lynch mobs work.

@ Robert+Furst

We'll make a note of that Robert. That will put a damperr at the box office

@ guest