Woody Allen's daughter revisits abuse
Dylan Farrow speaks for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her adoptive father.PT0M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31vlv 620 349 February 3, 2014
The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has spoken for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the Hollywood director during her childhood, and challenged Australian actress Cate Blanchett not to ignore the allegations.
In an open letter published on a New York Times blog, Dylan Farrow, adopted by Allen during his relationship with actor Mia Farrow, detailed being abused by the director when she was seven years old.
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?
"He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set," Farrow, 28, wrote in the letter.
'Our secret': Dylan Farrow has detailed sexual assault allegations against director Woody Allen.
"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."
It is the first time Dylan has spoken publicly about the unproven abuse allegations, which emerged more than two decades ago in the aftermath of Allen's acrimonious split with Mia Farrow in 1992.
Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the set of Blue Jasmine.
Allen, who left Mia after starting a relationship with the actor's adopted daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, has always vigorously denied abusing Dylan Farrow.
A New York judge in the 1994 custody battle between Allen and Mia ruled that the abuse allegations were inconclusive, while at the same time lambasted the director as "self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive".
Allen's representatives could not be immediately reached for comment on Saturday after Dylan's revelations.
The New York Times reported that he had refused to comment.
His adopted daughter accused the Hollywood establishment of sweeping Allen's alleged crimes under the carpet by continuing to honour his films.
The director's latest movie Blue Jasmine is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best original screenplay for the director.
Farrow pointedly called on three of the stars of Blue Jasmine - Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Louis CK to examine their relationship with Allen.
"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?" she wrote.
"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."
Blanchett responded to Farrow’s open letter outside the Santa Barbara film festival where she was being honoured with an Outstanding Performer of the Year award for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
It is reported she steered clear of thanking Allen during her speech, and only mentioned her co-stars.
Some Hollywood critics fear what the fresh allegations could mean for Blanchett’s chance at the Best Actress gong, in which she is the heavy favourite, when the Academy Awards members submit their final votes for the Oscars in the next few weeks.
“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace,” Blanchett told gossip website, Hollywood Elsewhere.
Baldwin also took to Twitter to respond in the wake of backlash from fans.
"@ABFalecbaldwin don’t you think maybe you owe #DylanFarrow an apology?," one person was reported to have tweeted.
The actor replied: "What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family’s personal struggle?"
Another fan subsequently responded with:, "@ABFalecbaldwin disappointed in your response. You have 2 daughters. You should know better.”
"You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue,” Baldwin said.
It appeared Baldwin had subsequently deleted the tweets.
Farrow went on to say the fact Allen was never convicted of any crime haunted her as she grew up.
"That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, 'who can say what happened,' to pretend that nothing was wrong.
"Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines."