Dylan Farrow Pens Open Letter: Woody Allen 'Sexually Assaulted Me' at Age 7
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"[W]hen 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," Farrow wrote in an open letter posted on Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's blog.
In an editors note at the top of the Times blog post, Kristof wrote that the letter was "the first time that Dylan Farrow herself has written about it in public." The renewed accusations surface as Allen's Blue Jasmine was nominated for three Academy Awards, including best original screenplay for the director.
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Farrow also wrote that Hollywood figures have turned a "blind eye" to the accusations and specifically asked Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, and Louis C.K. -- who all appear in Blue Jasmine -- "What if it had been your child"?
"Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," she wrote, adding: "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."
Farrow wrote: "Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse."
On Jan. 12, after Diane Keaton accepted Allen's Golden Globes honor, Ronan Farrow, the son of Allen, wrote 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?"
Allen and Mia Farrow split up as a couple in 1992.
The director's reps have not yet responded to THR's request for comment.