Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow penned a sad open letter to the New York Times on Saturday, recounting her sexual abuse at the hand’s of her father at the age of 7.
The recent lifetime achievement award presented to Woody Allen at the Golden Globes appears to have opened old wounds for Dylan Farrow.
Dylan Farrow wrote about her ordeal after being adopted by Mia Farrow and Woody.
She detailed how at age seven, Woody Allen led her by the hand to a attic on the second floor of their house.
She recounted, “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.”
She adds that she still finds it painful to see toy trains.
Dylan said her adopted father would always find a way to touch her and do things to her she did not like, including sticking his thumb in her mouth, forcing her to get into bed with him, and laying his head in her naked lap.
She wrote, “I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different”.
Dylan went to her mother Mia and asked if her own father had done those same things to her.
Her mother ended her relationship with Allen in 1992, which prompted a nasty legal battle in which Woody claimed Mia had “brainwashed” her into thinking she was sexually assaulted.
Dylan was taken from one psychologist to the next, recounting her story over and over again to see if she was lying.
Woody Allen was later denied visitation rights with his children, but a Connecticut prosecutor declined to charge him, feeling the proceedings would be too rough on Dylan.
Allen, 78, has always denied the allegations of sexual abuse. He was never charged with, or convicted of, a crime in this case.
After Woody and Mia’s divorce, the filmmaker began an affair with his adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom he married in 1997.
Dylan Farrow claimed that Allen used his sexual relationship with her stepsister, Soon-Yi, to cover up the abuse Dylan herself had allegedly suffered at his hands.
Dylan said the molestation lead to an eating disorder and fear of being touched by men. She also began cutting herself in an attempt to numb the pain.
Farrow is hurt that Hollywood has “turned a blind eye” to Woody Allen’s actions.
She said, “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”.
Dylan Farrow’s decision to offer a first-person account of her torment was brought on by Allen’s latest nomination for an Academy Award and last month’s Golden Globes ceremony, where he received the prestigious Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
She adds, “It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter. Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?”
Woody Allen cannot be prosecuted on child molestation charges as the statute of limitations on accusations by Dylan Farrow has passed.
Of course, Allen is innocent until proven guilty (which will never happen). But, what would it profit Dylan Farrow to make up these allegations? Nothing!
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