Woody Allen may be considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema, but his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow can only see him as the man who scarred her for life.
“He 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. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.”
This is her account of what happened on one occasion.
While Dylan struggles to come to terms with the alleged sexual assault, Allen is being honored with more accolades. He was recently handed a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
The director’s daughter finds it difficult to comprehend that her father’s peers are ever-ready to honor him and sing his praises, but none of them dare address the giant elephant in the room.
Her costar, Alec Baldwin, also refused to comment and urged others to put a lid on it. “You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue.” The actor later deleted a tirade of subsequent posts and just retweeted another user who said that people had been “baiting” Baldwin to comment.
At the 2014 Golden Globes, Allen was given the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award, presented by Diane Keaton.
In her letter, Dylan addressed all these stars and others by name.
“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.”
Allen, of course, denies the charges. His spokesman Leslee Dart told Mashable that "Mr. Allen has read the article [Dylan Farrow's open letter] and found it untrue and disgraceful.
At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed."
However, if it is stardom that has saved Woody Allen’s skin, it would be a gross miscarriage of justice for his mentally and emotionally scarred daughter who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2013 – supposedly as a result of the alleged assault.
People will ultimately reach their own conclusions over whether Allen committed the crime, but nobody can deny the fact that while he was married to Mia Farrow, he had an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. The director later married the young girl adopted from North Korea.