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Reactions to Dylan Farrow's Open Letter

By Anne Cohen

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Dylan Farrow has renewed her allegations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen, this time, in her own words.

In an open letter published on Nick Kristoff’s New York Times blog, the adopted daughter of Allen and actress Mia Farrow (who now goes by a different name), repeated her claim that the director sexually assaulted her when she was just seven years old.

“What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? 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.”

The letter had scarcely been posted that reactions started to surface on Twitter:

Tavi Gavinson, editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine, echoed the dilemma that many face when it comes to Allen and director Roman Polanski, in a long introspective rant on her Twitter feed.

In her letter, Dylan appealed directly to the actors appearing in Allen’s movies, asking them not to turn a blind eye:

“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.”

The allegations against Allen resurfaced in a 2013 Vanity Fair profile of Mia Farrow, in which the 28-year-old Dylan described the abuse.

Allen, 78 has always denied the allegations. He and Farrow split up in 1992.

A tribute to Allen at the Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination for “Blue Jasmine” have re-awakened the discussion about whether or not the iconic director is in fact a child-molestor.

During the Golden Globes ceremony for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, presented to Allen by Diane Keaton, his estranged son Ronan tweeted:


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