- In an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow calls out Hollywood for ignoring allegations of sexual assault she’s made against him for years.
- Farrow has repeatedly said that, when she was 7 years old, Allen sexually assaulted her.
- In the op-ed, Farrow questions why powerful men like Harvey Weinstein have been expelled from Hollywood for their alleged behavior, yet Allen still remains a force. Farrow also says Allen used similar tactics as Weinstein to cover up his behavior.
- Farrow singles out Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig, who have spoken out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood, but haven’t fully confronted the fact that they’ve appeared in Allen’s movies.
In a new op-ed for The Los Angeles Times, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, asks why Allen – who she alleges sexually assaulted her when she was 7 – hasn’t been held accountable like other powerful men including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
In the op-ed, Farrow addresses what she sees as major flaw in the #MeToo movement. As many men lose their jobs and suffer the consequences of their alleged sexual misconduct, some still command respect and continue their work, including Woody Allen, whose new movie “Wonder Wheel” starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, is now in theaters.
“Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations,” Farrow writes.
Farrow also calls out some of the women who have spoken out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood but have appeared in Allen’s movies: Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig. She writes that “it breaks my heart” when men and women dodge or don’t fully answer questions about working with the director.
Winslet is receiving criticism for starring in Allen’s new film “Wonder Wheel.” In response to questions regarding her working with Allen despite the allegations, Winslet said in an interview with The New York Times, “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.”
Lively appeared in 2016’s “Café Society.” On 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.”
Gerwig, who directed 2017’s critically acclaimed film “Lady Bird,” had a small role in 2012’s “To Rome With Love.” In a November interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Gerwig said in response to a question about Allen: “I think I’m living in that space of fear of being worried about how I talk about it and what I say. And I was in that film with Ellen Page, who wrote something very beautiful recently and very strong and thoughtful recently.”
“It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would,” Farrow writes in the new op-ed. In November, Ellen Page wrote an essay stating that working with Allen on “To Rome With Love” was the “biggest regret” of her career.
Farrow, whose brother Ronan investigated and reported on Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual misconduct for The New Yorker, says that when she was 7, Allen led her to an attic where he sexually assaulted her. She also says that Allen put his thumb in her mouth, climbed into her bed in his underwear, and constantly touched her.
“I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years,” Farrow writes. Allen has always denied all of the allegations.
In the op-ed, Farrow draws parallels between Allen and Weinstein in how they reportedly responded to the allegations. “In 1997, Connecticut Magazine reported that Allen’s legal team had hired private investigators, including ones assigned to find damaging information on law enforcement officials working the sex-abuse case,” Farrow writes.
“The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades,” Farrow says. “It works for Woody Allen still.”