Dylan Farrow hits out at Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig for working with Woody Allen

"Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?"

Dylan Farrow has hit out at Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig for working with Woody Allen, despite their criticisms of Harvey Weinstein.

In 1993, when she was seven years old, Farrow accused Allen – then her adoptive father – of sexual assault. Allen has always denied these claims, and no charges were brought and the investigation dropped at the time.

The accusations resurfaced when Farrow wrote an open letter in 2014 restating them, and again last year when Allen’s son Ronan Farrow – now a journalist – wrote extensively about the situation.

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Woody Allen (Getty Images)

In a new op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Dylan Farrow restated the allegations and drew parallels with Weinstein. Hollywood mogul Weinstein was fired from his own company Mirimax after being accused of sexual misconduct, harassment, assault and rape by multiple women.

Farrow directly called out Winslet, Lively and Gerwig in the op-ed. All three women have criticised Weinstein but have also worked with Allen in recent years.

Winslet leads Allen’s current movie Wonder Wheel, while Blake Lively starred in last year’s Café Society and Gerwig appeared in his 2012 romcom To Rome with Love.

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Selena Gomez on set with Woody Allen and Timothée Chalamet

“The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen,” said Dylan. “It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen [on To Rome With Love], and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would.”

She added: “It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets. It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of ‘who can say’? The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.”

When asked about the controversy of working with Allen, Lively said: “It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about. I could [only] know my experience.”
Winslet, meanwhile, said: “I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. 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. Woody Allen is an incredible director.”
Gerwig had this to say: “You know, it’s all very difficult to talk about… I think I’m living in that space of fear of being worried about how I talk about it and what I say.”