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Dylan Farrow’s New Interview On Woody Allen Slams Critics, Including Her Brother

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Director Woody Allen arrives for the Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Match Point' held at the Los Angles County Museum of Art on December 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Ever since the open letter Dylan Farrow wrote regarding the sexual abuse Woody Allen allegedly committed towards her, everyone from the media, Hollywood and your Facebook feed have been commenting on it. Not only is the alleged crime important to discuss, but the responses so far–including Woody Allen’s–have been, too. More than a few people have accused Dylan of lying about the abuse for various reasons, but in a new interview with People, she vehemently denies any dishonesty in her claims.

With many saying she wrote the letter to “vindicate her mother” and to prevent Allen from winning an Oscar for Blue Jasmine, Dylan had a simple response to the question of why she wrote the letter:

“My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.”

Personally, I think the word “brave” is dramatically overused–seriously, every time anybody takes a selfie sans makeup or wears a bikini, they’ve suddenly “brave”–but in Farrow’s case, it applies. To talk about something so painful and so stressful when you know there will be an inevitable backlash of people calling you a liar, a whore, a bitch and a saboteur, it is indeed brave to write an open letter like that.

As for those who insist Farrow is simply recalling falsely implanted memories after two decades, she had this to say:

“People are saying that I am not actually remembering what I remember. People are saying that my ‘evil mother’ brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior – this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims – is accepted and excused.”

While her brother Moses Farrow accused Dylan and their mother Mia Farrow of lying about the abuse as a “vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi,” Dylan’s brother Ronan Farrow stood up for her during the Golden Globes in a tweet that simply read, “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” Though this was obviously an immense show of support from Ronan, Dylan wanted to bring her voice to the discussion because she “realized it was [her] turn to stand up and to tell the truth.”

However, she told People she had no idea Moses would “betray” her the way he did by accusing her of lying:

“My brother has broken my heart. Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts. These lies – this betrayal – is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with.”

“I’m sorry,” she said, apologizing for crying. “I’m shaking right now.” … “My conscience is clean. I have told the truth. I cannot say the same for Moses.”

The most heart-wrenching portion of her interview, though, is when she–like many people who have experienced abuse at the hands of loved ones–explains why it hurts so much to hear all the accusations of lying against herself and her family, as well as why it was so painful to tell her story.

“My memories are true. What happened to me as a little girl … is my cross to bear. But I will not see my family dragged down like this. I can’t stay silent when my family needs me.
“Part of the reason why it was so hard for me to write the piece that I wrote was because once upon a time I loved my father so much.”

Again, heartbreaking.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    aw. So heartbreaking. and brave is absolutely the right word choice in her case.

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  • amy334

    All very true, as you say, so sad all around, but you missed the part where women are always crazy when they talk about abuse, or liars, or evil, or manipulators, or vengeful, or vicious, or wacko, or money grubbing, or ignorant, or stupid, or confused, ad hominem! The attacks are never about the facts of what has taken place, or the allegations, it’s always about something else, and someone else is *always* to blame.

    So much deflection and projection going on it makes you wonder why the apologists don’t explode from the tension they cause in their own bodies while they contort reality into some here to fore unknown entity–such as the underage teenager who allen bedded while she was a school girl, now 40 yrs later claiming he never bedded underage girls. Man it gives a person whiplash!

  • amy334

    Funny it occurs to me one thing Allen never ever planned on was Dylan would grow up and fail to find him incredibly alluring. Not only that, he didn’t plan on her causing such a ruckus.

    It may be that since she shows real grit in posting the letter, and now going to bat again, along with her family that Hollywood/NY and their entertainment industry cohorts will finally have to choose up sides. Not via posts like the general public thinks but by finally deciding to acknowledge thru their willingness or refusal to work with and for him in the future.

    Over the past 20 yrs, they have all given him a pass, presumption of innocence, despite what they all know of his suspect sexual peccadilloes. That is the real justice arena, and will cause him more grief than a tepid court conviction ever could have. It will be his own personal hell.

    On the other hand, if he decides he’s so damned sick of it, and that he can beat any rap, cause pedophiles are grossly egotistical, let him take her to court for slander! Oh please, please let him do it! Please! I would love to see him take on an adult woman for once, and see who comes out ahead–grown women are not what he’s used to. I know who comes out ahead in that arena after all these years.

    • Elaine Leirer

      I have experienced a case so familiar in it’s play out. A young woman tells her family that her step father sexually abused her, starting at age 7, step father vehemently denies this, brother of mother sides with step father, sound familiar. No proof of girl’s allegations, mother divorces step father. Why ? when there are no facts supporting allegations. Because the behavior of the step father supported the allegations. We must look at Mr. Allen’s behavior and his films. Tendencies toward dysfunctional behavior creep out in subtle ways. In this case
      these clues are not so subtle.

    • amy334

      so sorry Elaine, i can understand. I think the timeframe in which each person deals with abuse allegations is highly variable. Each child, even those in the same family, have different life stories based on personality, personal experience, and family placement. lord knows my sister and i disagree on a host of things, all insignificant, but that in and of itself is not dispositive of anything. Nor is lack of physical evidence, boy i wish people would get over that one!

      As you stated, it’s the totality of his life’s behavior that gives more credance to the allegation. If he’d been a regular guy without that history, etc, I could be in the doubters column, maybe, but this so overwhelmingly fits into a pattern!

      Do you remember Lillian Hellman’s play the Childrens’ Hour? She says; the easiest lie to tell is the one with the ring of truth, that little bit that you can’t deny, or something to that effect. And having lived thru the McMartin trials, the last thing any of us as responsible adults want to do is falsely impune someone, but there is no righteousness in ignoring your “lying” eyes and ears! Gosh, how I wish people would get past their own discomfort and acknowledge the obvious.

    • Elaine Leirer

      Amy, so appreciative of your intelligent observation. I certainly remember Hellman’s play and at the time it really affected me. This situation is different in my estimation. I feel that this represents a quest to capture innocence. Why ? insecurity, a sadness left over from treatment in youth. Everyone is not Cary Grant.

    • amy334

      Hi Elaine, not sure I know who you referred to re:trying to capture innocence.

      Tiny bit of info; i found out that the story that the play was based on goes back to the 18th century in Scotland if memory serves. It was an accusation about the two teachers sleeping together, not a threesome as they changed it to in the early film version. The other interesting thing was that, one or maybe it was both of the teacher were Anglo-Indian, that is part Indian, so latent racism was also at the core of the story. The only reason anyone knows about it is that the teacher in question took the woman who spread the rumour to court, imagine that, way back in the 1700′s, so there is apparently a copious court record. Real life is always so much more complex than people imagine.

    • Elaine Leirer

      If only all bloggers had your research talent.

    • amy334

      thanks Elaine, but i have to turn down the compliment sadly; these days with the internet, no one should be ignorant but so many are, they just won’t read what is readily available to them. Take for example all the misinformation posted about this case-sheesh!

      I had heard about the Scottish case, more than 30 yrs ago, it took place in 1806-still, more than 200 yrs ago, the book about it is called Scotch Verdict. I have to read it, it’s on amazon; apparently I was wrong, it was the accuser who is half Indian, and so the racism comes in there, but it is largely a book about same sex issues or at least that is the importance it’s been given, when it is taught as part of women’s studies.

      I rather like Hellman’s take, she really didn’t want to focus on the homosexuality but on the power of a lie. She was from the South, and i think she must have had plenty of experience with gossip. I met her once; she was exactly as I imagined, short, powerful, abrupt, and passionate about whatever she felt was wrong. They don’t make em like her anymore. btw, if you want to read a short but really tender book by her, see if you can find “Pentimento”, it’s about her time and troubles during the McCarthy era. Very tender bit about her losing her farm-I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s so sweet and unexpected.

      Happy reading!