Allen is accused of sexual assault by estranged son Ronan Farrow's sister Dylan
Ronan Farrow, the estranged son of actor/director Woody Allen, has written an article damning the media’s handling of the sex abuse claims aimed at his father.
In 1992, Allen was accused of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with Mia Farrow. Allen denied the allegations at the time. While no charges were brought and the investigation not pursued, the star’s career has been dogged by the claims since.
Penning an article for The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan Farrow compared the “culture of acquiescence… impunity and silence” in the press surrounding the claims directed at Allen to the perceived lack of reporting on the allegations of rape leveled at Bill Cosby. Comedian Cosby has been has been accused by 60 women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades.
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous,” Farrow writes. “It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
Speaking about Allen’s continuing success as a director, Farrow said seeing stars she admires working with her father hurts to this day.
“Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. ‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is — for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction.”
Cyrus is set to appear in Woody Allen’s new Amazon TV show.
On the sex abuse claims, Farrow adds: “I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father’s strange behaviour around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behaviour that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.”
Allen has not commented on these new claims.
In 2014, Allen penned a piece for The New York Times denying all allegations, writing: “The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive”.
That same year, Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter in the New York Times, which described Allen as “a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse”.
Woody Allen’s new film Cafe Society premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival. The 46th film of Allen’s career, it stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, as well as Steve Carell, Blake Lively and Corey Stoll in supporting roles.