Dylan Farrow: The hypocrisy behind Hollywood's continued acceptance of Woody Allen

Angelo Anderson
December 8, 2017

"Further, we believe that Dylan's statements on videotape and her statements to us during our evaluation do not refer to actual events that occurred to her on August 4th, 1992", the date Farrow alleged Allen molested her. "It also speaks to the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story".

Farrow was seven when, according to her accounts, Allen got her alone in the attic and sexually assaulted her. And they're on their way the hell out of town while Allen soaks in another movie release.

To prove her point, Dylan pointed to a recent list of prominent women in the industry who have either publicly defended working with Allen or sidestepped the question entirely when asked about him - such as Kate Winslet and Greta Gerwig (Selena Gomez has also recently faced criticism for this). "And I was in that film with Ellen Page, who wrote something very handsome recently and very strong and thoughtful recently".

While promoting Wonder Wheel, Kate Winslet has had to answer a lot of questions about Woody Allen.

Farrow's brother, Ronan Farrow, played a significant role in the takedown of Weinstein after the publication of an explosive exposé in The New Yorker, the result of a 10-month investigation, detailing multiple allegations of harassment and assault. "As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, 'I don't know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false.' Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person".

Lively appeared in 2016's "Café Society". The To Rome With Love actor said that she idolized Allen "as a writer" during an interview with The Guardian in 2012. It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would. Farrow went on to list several aspects of her claims: that uncomfortable "grooming" behavior by Allen was witness by family and friends; that Allen was in therapy "for his conduct towards [Farrow]" at the time the alleged assault took place; and that Allen refused to take a polygraph test.

"I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years", Farrow writes.

Allen was never convicted of a crime, and has long denied Dylan's allegations. "In 1997, Connecticut Magazine reported that Allen's legal team had hired private investigators, including ones assigned to find damaging information on law enforcement officials working the sex-abuse case", Farrow writes. During Allen's custody trial with Mia Farrow in 1993, a child psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Herman, called the Yale-New Haven report "seriously flawed", while a psychiatrist testifying on behalf of Allen, Dr. Anne Meltzer, said the study "reached conclusions that were supported well by the data they collected".

Ultimately, Dylan wants everyone to be aware that while the "system" worked for Harvey Weinstein and other men for decades but eventually crashed, it's still working for Allen today - he's even now shooting a new film with no disruptions, and has said in the past that he's "moved so far past" the allegations made against him. "It works for Woody Allen still".

Read the full op-ed in The Los Angeles Times.

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