A few weeks after the Golden Globe Awards recognized Woody Allen with a lifetime achievement award, his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has spoken out.
Hollywood it should be ashamed of itself, Dylan believes, because the acclaimed movie director sexually abused her when she was a child.
In 1992, Dylan’s mother Mia made the same allegation, but prosecutors chose not to pursue charges because Dylan was too “fragile” to go through a trial at the time.
In an open letter to The New York Times, Dylan wrote the following Saturday:
“When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house.”
“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”
Dylan goes on to detail other heinous acts that took place between her and Allen.
“I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.”
Immediately after Allen was honored at the Golden Globes (he did not attend the ceremony), son Ronan Farrow slammed the star for this same reason, Tweeting:
“Missed the Woody Allen tribute,” Farrow Tweeted. “Did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?
Dylan adds that she would often try to add from her father, but he would always track her down – and that she developed an eating disorder later in life, along with self-mutilation habits.
Dylan closed her letter by calling out various friends of the director. She wrote:
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson?”
“You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?
“Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.”
In October, Dylan also talked to Vanity Fair about these incidents, saying he was “scared” when she entered the attic as a child and was afraid of Allen.
That was back when the assertions first surfaced. Now she seems willing to go public with what she feels is a story that must be told to the public.
Allen has always maintained his innocence in the face of these charges.
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