When Woody Allen’s career was celebrated at last month’s Golden Globe Awards, the allegations that he sexually assaulted the seven year old daughter of his former partner Mia Farrow were reignited, mostly thanks to a blunt tweet from her half-brother, and new MSNBC host, Ronan Farrow:
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?
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 13, 2014
Now, Dylan Farrow is speaking out about the details of the alleged assault in an “open letter” posted on Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times blog. The letter takes on the struggle many fans of Allen have, between loving the films he creates and confronting the disturbing facts about his past.
“What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?” Farrow begins her piece. “Before you answer, you should know: when 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.”
She goes on to detail the various ways in which her former stepfather abused her as a child, before bringing it back to Allen’s celebrated Hollywood reputation:
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? 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.
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?
Read the full open letter at NYTimes.com.
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