I really hope we can let this issue rest soon – not because I’m sick of hearing about it (because wouldn’t that be convenient for Woody Allen), but because unfortunately, Dylan Farrow ends up being more and more discredited while Allen gets more lauded because of his “legendary status”, undermining her experience. Allen has managed to turn this whole thing – which is literally about a grown man’s desire for – and sexual abuse of – young girls – into an attack on how “crazy” Mia Farrow is. Paltry defense, but for some reason, people just don’t seem to want to look at the facts.
Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me – but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life.
His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years. He insists my mother brought criminal charges – in fact, it was a pediatrician who reported the incident to the police based on my firsthand account. He suggests that no one complained of his misconduct prior to his assault on me – court documents show that he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as “inappropriate” behavior with me from as early as 1991. He offers a carefully worded claim that he passed a lie detector test – in fact, he refused to take the test administered by the state police (he hired someone to administer his own test, which authorities refused to accept as evidence). These and other misrepresentations have been rebutted in more detail by independent, highly respected journalists, including this most recent article here:
With all the attempts to misrepresent the facts, it is important to be reminded of the truth contained in court documents from the only final ruling in this case, by the New York Supreme Court in 1992. In denying my father all access to me, that court:
- Debunked the “experts” my father claims exonerated him, calling them “colored by their loyalty to Mr. Allen”, criticizing the author of their report (who never met me) for destroying all supporting documentation, and calling their conclusions “sanitized and therefore less credible”.
- Included testimony from babysitters who witnessed inappropriate sexual behavior by my father toward me.
- Found that “there is no credible evidence to support Mr. Allen’s contention that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan or that Ms. Farrow acted upon a desire for revenge against him for seducing Soon-Yi. Mr. Allen’s resort to the stereotypical ‘woman scorned’ defense is an injudicious attempt to divert attention from his failure to act as a responsible parent and adult.”
- Concluded that the evidence “…proves that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.”
- Finally, the Connecticut State prosecutor found “probable cause” to prosecute, but made the decision not to in an effort to protect “the child victim”, given my fragile state.
From the bottom of my heart, I will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from survivors and countless others. If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me. Woody Allen has an arsenal of lawyers and publicists but the one thing he does not have on his side is the truth. I hope this is the end of his vicious attacks and of the media campaign by his lawyers and publicists, as he’s promised. I won’t let the truth be buried and I won’t be silenced.
I feel so awful for Dylan – and for sex abuse victims everywhere, who are ignored or told they’re lying because the man charged seems so respectable and honourable, or is a fancy lawyer, or has a lot of money, or is beloved in the community or whatever the case is. I love that it’s easier for people to believe that Mia Farrrow is so fucked up that she BRAINWASHED her daughter into thinking she’d been sexually molested on several occasions by Woody Allen (to the point that Dylan is speaking publicly and in detail about something that’s actually never happened) than it is to believe that a man who took naked pictures of a girl he was like a father figure to and later married her while she was still a teenager could molest a child. Does that not seem like a major fucking problem to anyone else?
Ugh, how awful.
February 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
In the letter we all knew was coming, Woody Allen took to The New York Times‘ Sunday Review to go on and on about how innocent he is in the Dylan Farrow sex abuse scandal in a way that is not at all convincing. Sure, Allen can spin a yarn and has all the fancy words to proclaim what an upstanding guy he is, but being well-spoken doesn’t erase the fact that he’s a child molester. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t. I don’t care that a court never prosecuted him – that trial was FULL of bullshit errors on many levels and certainly a miscarriage of justice does not an innocent person make.
Here’s a tiny bit of his piece (though you can read the full thing here):
TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.
Well, there’s the first lie. Mia never told police what happened, a medical examiner was bound by law to report the crime to police. This Vanity Fair piece is fantastic and well-worth a read – it covers actual FACTS about the trial, not just Allen’s bullshit.
I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct.
Uhh… except THAT’S A LIE TOO – as per Vanity Fair:
Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public. Mia Farrow had instructed her babysitters that Allen was never to be left alone with Dylan.
In his 33-page decision, Judge Wilk found that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was “grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.” The judge also recounts Farrow’s misgivings regarding Allen’s behavior toward Dylan from the time she was between two and three years old. According to the judge’s decision, Farrow told Allen, “You look at her [Dylan] in a sexual way. You fondled her . . . You don’t give her any breathing room. You look at her when she’s naked.”
Ah yes, that sounds something a total non-child molester would do! Totally normal! Fuck off with your bullshit, Woody Allen. You can read the whole things at the above links, but it’ll enrage you, I’m sure. Way to try and use the “psycho bitch ex is trying to destroy me” defense, as well. It’s always those sneaky, bitchy women who can’t handle being broken up with in favour of their teenage daughter who you’ve been molesting for years! Fuck this whole thing, man.
February 8, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
This weekend, Dylan Farrow spoke out for the first time on the decades-old allegations that she was molested as a child by Woody Allen during his relationship with her adopted mother, Mia Farrow. In a piece for the New York Times, Dylan detailed her repeated sexual abuses by Allen and confirmed once and for all that she’s never forgotten what happened to her – and how quick the world is to discount her experiences and lavish Allen in praise.
Of course, Allen isn’t taking such strong accusations lying down! He’s… putting out a statement via his spokesperson about how untrue it all is and saying that Dylan was brainwashed by Mia. Uh… wow.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon.”
And his lawyers said the following:
“It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”
“He’ll be responding soon”? It’s hilarious to me that one needs time to carefully create a response to such horrendous allegations if they weren’t true. Wouldn’t immediate and vehement denial be more in order?
Listen, Woody Allen is a pervert and a child molester. I don’t care what you think of his movies, what a great artist he is, whatever the fuck. He molested children, and he used his relationship with his “she’s not really my daughter” daughter Soon-Yi to cover up the fact that he was abusing Dylan. How all of that could ever fly, I’ll never understand. It’s mindblowing that we can discount the experience of a sexual assault victim for the sake of “good art”. Fuck that.
Sure, Allen will never go to jail or really be forced to pay for his crimes, but I think it’s time we all stop pretending that just because this asshole was quirky enough to make Annie Hall that somehow excuses his horrific abuses.
February 3, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
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.
February 2, 2014 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Woody Allen was lavished with praise at the Golden Globes on Sunday night as Diane Keaton went on a drunken speech about how wonderfully genius he is. Allen was receiving the Cecil B. Demille award for outstanding cinematic achievements, but he couldn’t be bothered to turn up because, oh, Woody just doesn’t like awards shows and all the hullabaloo surrounding them. It interferes with his creativity! Eh, fuck off.
In any case, the festivities over Woody weren’t so well-received by his ex-partner of 13 years, Mia Farrow, and her son (and possibly Frank Sinatra’s!!!!) Ronan, who still claim that Woody molested Mia’s adopted daughter Dylan when she was only 7 years old. Mia first made the claims in an lengthy interview with Vanity Fair last year, and Ronan is now backing up her story… on Twitter.
Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 13, 2014
Is Woody Allen a child molester? Hard to say for sure, but I do think he has tendencies towards pedophilia and is a bit of a mess. And don’t forget that this is a guy who took naked pictures of his adopted daughter and then started a relationship with her. I also think artistically he’s incredibly overrated. Is he prolific? For sure. But fucked up people can make good art sometimes – the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
Do you think this is credible?
January 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Jennifer
Woody Allen hasn’t said anything about Mia Farrow‘s allegations that their son is actually Frank Sinatra’s kid. Perhaps he’s channeling it into a different fight. Okay, not really, he’s probably just rolling over the whole thing and shuffling around his apartment holding up his hands asking houseplants, “Can you believe this?” while taking short breaks to play jazz clarinet and count his money. Please let this be accurate.
He’s got a film out, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and that chick from The Bachelorette, and it’s getting really good reviews and buzz. But India isn’t giving Allen any slack when it comes to their strict film laws. They have anti-tobacco laws, and consider smoking in films to be an advertisement for smoking, which they don’t allow, so they put anti-smoking ads into all films where there are smoking screens. Something at the bottom of the screen. “Typically scrolling text warning viewers of the dangers of tobacco use.” (BBC News). So here’s what he’s doing about it. More from BBC News:
According to Reuters, Allen refused to accommodate the ads during his film.
It had been due to open in around 30 cinemas at the weekend.
The film features two smoking scenes that would have given cause for the on-screen disclaimers – typically scrolling text warning viewers of the dangers of tobacco use.
A publicist for Allen told Reuters: “Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner. Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.”
The film’s Indian distributor, PVR films, told DNA newspaper the director had overall creative control over the film.
“He wasn’t comfortable with the disclaimer that we are required to run when some smoking scene is shown in films,” Deepak Sharma said. ”He feels that when the scroll comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene. We had to abide by the law and we don’t have control over the film.”
I think it’s stupid as hell to have these ads inserted into films. Where will it stop? Can you imagine if Breaking Bad had to abide by the same laws? Give your viewers some credit. Or don’t, who cares, not your problem to watch out for their health.