Will Dylan Farrow's tearful interview against Woody Allen finally end the director's career?
Dylan first alleged Woody of assaulting her in 1992 and now finally Hollywood is choosing to believe her. Though, in repsonse, director Woody Allen still says the charges are fabricated.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements may have finally empowered Hollywood enough to stand up to the bullies in the industry, and finally, force them out of their careers. But there is still one victim Hollywood as a collective still reserves an apology for – Dylan Farrow.
The adopted daughter of Woody Allen, Dylan had first accused the director of sexually harassing her when she was a seven-year-old in 1992 and now she is saying it again. Two-and-a-half decades since the first time she revealed this harrowing event, Woody continues to make critically acclaimed films with exceptional artists. While conversations about Woody being a sexual predator begins every so often, they have also died down almost immediately.
Actors who raise their voices against the gender injustice and fiscal imbalance in Hollywood have never shied away from working with him. But for the first time, the hypocrisy of these celebrities has caught up with them. In the #MeToo climate, many celebrities have had to reconcile with the fact that while Harvey Weinstein was branded a monster, Woody, who was accused by his daughter was revered.
Dylan herself called this hypocrisy out in the opinion piece she had penned for the LA Times where she questioned, "Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?"
Now, many actors have come forward to acknowledge that working with the director was a mistake and some of them have even decided to give all the earning they made from working with him away to charity.
I need to get this off my chest:— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
- I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
- I believe he is guilty.
- I donated my entire salary to RAINN.
I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake. -Ellen Page (via Facebook post)
I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It's one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men.— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 5, 2018
If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.- Greta Gerwig (via The New York Times)
The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown - easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones - I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
Meanwhile, actors such as Emma Stone, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake continue to wallow in their silence. Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, is standing up for the director, tweeting, “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”
Over the years, Dylan's accusations have been discredited as the musings of a child who was brainwashed by her mother and Woody's ex-partner Mia Farrow. In fact, Woody had argued that his daughter had been coached by her mother, who had discovered that the director was having an affair with Mia's adopted daughter, Soon- Yi Previn, whom he later married.
As an adult of 32, she has gone on the record yet again to confirm that the accusations she has made against her father is in fact real. She recounted the harrowing experience yet again. She said, "I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father. He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up,” Dylan told Gayle King of CBS This Morning. “As I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted … As a 7-year-old, I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts,which I did say... As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger”
Dylan also opened up about why she was speaking about it again, saying she deemed it necessary to do in the current climate: "With so much silence being broken by so many brave people against so many high profile people, I felt it was important to add my story to theirs because it's something I've struggled with for a long time and it was….It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting."
It was Dylan's touching piece for the LA Times that had inspired many stars to finally acknowledge that they were siding with the wrong man and that Dylan deserves the justice she is demanding. Hopefully, her heart-wrenching interview with CBS will inspire more to denounce Woody and treat him the same way other sexual predators are treated in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, Woody has responded yet again by saying he never molested his daughter and she has been made to believe in a lie her mother drummed into her head. You can read his full statement here:
"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.
Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that – relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says.
But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."
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