Over 20 years after Dylan levied assault accusations against her adopted father Woody, she repeated them on Feb. 1 in an emotional, gut-wrenching open letter.
Woody Allen continues to receive accolades — a lifetime achievement award at the 2014 Golden Globes — but his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow can no longer stand idly by. She first accused Woody of sexually assaulting her in 1992, and on Feb. 1, she reiterated the allegations in an elaborate open letter published on the New York Times website.
Dylan Farrow Repeats Sexual Assault Accusations Against Woody Allen
Dylan’s letter is hard to read, both because of how shocking the accusations are and how serious they are. In it she writes about an extended pattern of sexual abuse:
When I was 7 years old, Woody Allen 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.
Dylan also writes that she is reasserting the accusations now because of all the praise Woody has recently been receiving, specifically for his movie Blue Jasmine.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime,” Dylan says. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up.”
Dylan Farrow’s Sexual Abuse Allegations
Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, and Woody separated in 1992 after he became involved with Soon-Yi Previn, the daughter Mia adopted with composer Andre Previn. During a custody battle with Woody, Mia accused him of sexually abusing Dylan. The Connecticut State Police subsequently opened an investigation and after six-month inquiry, they determined that Dylan had not been molested. Woody was never charged.
However, Dylan has remained vigilant in her assertion that she was sexually abused, and she has the support of her family. While Woody was being honored at the Golden Globes, Mia’s son Ronan Farrow tweeted, “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?”
This is a controversy that has been brewing for over 20 years, and with Dylan again becoming more outspoken, there aren’t any signs of it dying down.
— Andrew Gruttadaro