The stars of Woody Allen’s latest films, including Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, are being put on blast by his son, Ronan Farrow, for their willingness to ignore the accusations of sexual assault made by Woody’s daughter, Dylan Farrow. Yikes.
Ronan Farrow, 28, has written an incredible op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter that details how upsetting it is that the 2016 Cannes Film Festival is allowing his father, Woody Allen, 80, to premiere his latest film on opening night. He specifically calls out the young women starring in the film, such as Kristen Stewart, 26, for working with the director who was accused of being sexually inappropriate with his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was only seven years old.
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While everyone else is drooling over the looks on the Cannes red carpet in France, reporter Ronan Farrow was invited to write a revealing piece for THR about how victims of sexual assault are being ignored as their alleged assaulters are being praised. More specifically, Ronan is talking about his father, director Woody Allen, whose film, Cafe Society, opened the 2016 festival. In his piece, he explains how harmful it is for the young, talented stars of the film to be cozying up to his father on the red carpet as everyone ignores the giant alleged sexual assault elephant standing behind them.
“Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He’ll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done,” Ronan writes, also sharing that it “hurts” his sister “every time” an actor or actress her age works with her father.
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward,” Ronan continued, slamming the stars for blatantly ignoring Woody’s troubled past. “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.”
What’s interesting about one of the stars in particular, Kristen Stewart, is that her breakout role as a young actress was in a film called Speak. In the film, Kristen portrayed a high school student dealing with the backlash after she reveals a classmate raped her at a party.
In his piece, Ronan briefly details what his sister Dylan, now 30 years old, has been through over the years as she tries to tell her side of the story against her “powerful” father. Ronan mentions how his father allegedly “inappropriately” groomed his then 7-year-old sister, and how he remembers Woody’s “strange behavior” around his sister. “Climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations,” Ronan writes.
Ronan’s message is simple: that stars should be standing up for victims of sexual assault, not turning their backs on them. Hopefully Ronan’s powerful piece and insightful words will make actors and actresses think twice before signing up to work with Woody in the future. Make sure you read Ronan’s full piece for The Hollywood Reporter by clicking HERE.
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