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February 02, 2014

What's Your Favorite Woody Allen Film? Because Dylan Farrow, Whom Allen Molested When She Was Just Seven Years Old, Really Wants to Know

Her story is pretty horrifying.

The press focused on Allen's admitted (because it was proven) sexual relationship with his other sort-of daughter, Soon-Yi. But when that story broke, Dylan Farrow, far younger than Soon-Yi, also claimed to have been molested by Woody Allen.

This was quickly dismissed as just some stories put into her head by Mia Farrow, who was understandably crazed with anger at the thought of her boyfriend/partner having seduced her older adopted daughter.

But here is Dylan Farrow now, making the same accusations as a 28-year-old adult.

The Daily Beast digests part of her open letter (full letter above), as she calls out various celebrities for continuing to appear in Woody Allen's largely dreary exercises in self-plagiarism.

Dylan blames the cult of celebrity for striking abuse victims dumb by continuing to support people like her dad. “The message that Hollywood sends matters for them,” she writes. As propagators of this message, she names the actors who have continued to work with Allen despite the allegations against him. These include the stars of the Oscar nominated Blue Jasmine – Cate Blanchett, Louis CK, Alec Baldwin – but also Emma Stone, the lead in Allen’s next feature, Magic in the Moonlight, and Allen’s current muse, Scarlett Johansson, as well as his old one, Diane Keaton. “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?” Dylan asks. “You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”

Does Hollywood have a problem?

Spoiler alert: Yes. As Adam Carolla says, if you can dance, you can get away with anything, from punching a girlfriend to killing someone.

Woody Allen can dance (well, so to speak), and so can Roman Polanski, and so who cares about the young girls they molest or rape (respectively)? They are Talents, and Talents have carte blanche to do whatever they wish.

Not So Fast? A Woody Allen friend and biographer refuted the Dylan claims last month, when Ronan and Mia Farrow had reasserted them during the Golden Globes awards (during which Allen was given a Lifetime Achievement award.

He does make some good points in Allen's defense on the Dylan allegations:

A brief but chilling synopsis of the accusation is as follows: On August 4, 1992, almost four months after the revelation about Woody and Soon-Yi’s relationship understandably ignited a firestorm within the Farrow household, Woody was visiting Frog Hollow, the Farrow country home in Bridgewater, Connecticut, where Mia and several of her kids were staying. During an unsupervised moment, Woody allegedly took Dylan into the attic and, shall we say, “touched her inappropriately.” Later in the day, it was alleged that the child was wearing her sundress, but that her underpants were missing. The following day, Mia’s daughter allegedly told her mother what had happened, and Mia put the child’s recounting of the story on videotape as evidence.

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[I]f Mia’s account is true, it means that in the middle of custody and support negotiations, during which Woody needed to be on his best behavior, in a house belonging to his furious ex-girlfriend, and filled with people seething mad at him, Woody, who is a well-known claustrophobic, decided this would be the ideal time and place to take his daughter into an attic and molest her, quickly, before a house full of children and nannies noticed they were both missing.

I did not realize that this event was alleged to have taken place during the firestorm following the Soon-Yi revelations. I imagined that the allegation was made during that time, but that the allegation regarded prior molestation.

I have to admit, this scenario does seem unlikely to me.

Not So Fast on Not So Fast? While the attic encounter does seem unlikely, it's wrong of me to claim that's the one charge of molestation alleged. Per Dylan's letter, she alleges a pattern of molestation-like/molestation behavior before that, and that it's just the attic event that made her tell her mom about it.

I will link a commenter's recap of this (quoting her letter) because what is alleged is so creepy I don't want to quote it on the site.

I guess I'm now up in the air about this.


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