Ronan Farrow, Mia Farrow‘s son (and perhaps Sinatra’s as well, though Woody Allen raised him), has been very vocal about his distaste for Woody Allen, citing the abuse of his sister, Dylan, as reason. It’s a good reason. In 1993, when Dylan was 7, she and mom Mia Farrow alleged that dad Woody Allen sexually abused her. Their claims were largely ignored by everyone from law enforcement to Hollywood celebrities. A doctor even accused Dylan of making it up. She’s never told, at length, her detailed account of what happened.
But that’s all changed. Now she’s come forward with an article she wrote for The New York Times detailing her abuse. It’s chilling. Here are some excerpts:
What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: 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. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.[...]
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.
I recommend that you read the whole thing here. I will never look at Woody Allen the same way again.