Dylan Farrow’s People interview: ‘All I have is the truth & that is all I put out there’

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Since everything is about to get really depressing and angry, I just thought I would start off with this great link from The Onion: “New Blog Piece On Woody Allen To Settle Everything”. This, I believe, captures the essence of so many problems I’ve been having with this story. I believe Dylan Farrow. But I also think that yelling about it isn’t going to solve anything and neither is painting some people as full-on saints and villains.

In this week’s new issue of People Magazine, Dylan’s older brother Moses gave a detailed interview denying that his sister was ever molested by Woody Allen. Moses’ argument seemed weak – how is he so sure that Woody and Dylan were NEVER alone? – but Moses also claimed that Mia Farrow is manipulative and that she physically and emotionally abused her children as well. People Mag then went to Dylan for a response, and she gave a lengthy interview about Moses, Mia and the reaction to her NYT op-ed. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights (I took out some of the background which we all know by now):

It was a letter she wished she never had to write, about something she says she wished had never happened. Dylan Farrow says it took all the courage she had to finally pen the emotional open letter she sent to the New York Times detailing her claim that her adoptive father, Woody Allen, had sexually molested her as a child, she exclusively tells PEOPLE.

“It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” says Dylan, 28, now a happily married writer. “That is my only ammunition. I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.”

Dylan says she knew she would be taking on one of the most powerful and esteemed forces in Hollywood. Indeed, some of Allen’s defenders claim she wrote the letter – during awards season, no less – to sabotage her father, whose film Blue Jasmine is nominated for three Oscars. Others have said she wrote it to vindicate her mother. (Mia did not see the piece before it ran, a family friend says.)

“I’ve been hearing that a lot,” says Dylan. “I’m happy to answer that. My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before. 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.”

A turning point for her came on Jan. 12, the night of the Golden Globes, when Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, which his longtime friend, Diane Keaton, accepted on his behalf.

Dylan says that she had wanted to share her side of the story for a long time. But, she tells PEOPLE, “After the Golden Globes, my brother Ronan showed immense bravery for standing up for the family and I realized it was my turn to stand up and to tell the truth.”

On Jan. 12, Ronan 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?” Dylan says she knew the letter would draw “backlash.”

“I knew there were people saying I was a liar and that this was part of some smear campaign – some bitter vendetta of my mother’s,” she says. But, she adds, “I didn’t realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude.”

That betrayal, she says, came when her brother Moses Farrow, 36, spoke out to PEOPLE this week. Dylan spoke to PEOPLE shortly after she learned what her brother had said. Clearly anguished, she sobbed as she said, “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,” she said. “I’m sorry,” she said, apologizing for crying. “I’m shaking right now.”

She paused, regained her composure and said, “He has betrayed me in the cruelest way imaginable, and betrayed my family and my mother who has loved him since day one. His betrayal is the lowest form of evil that I could ever imagine.”

None of what Moses said is true, maintains Dylan. “It’s lies. It’s all lies.” She stands by her letter, saying, “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.”

She says there was a time when she adored her father. “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.” Dylan says that when her mother heard the contents of Moses’s letter, “She was stunned. She couldn’t believe that he betrayed her and me and the family like this. Her reaction is on par with mine.”

Amid the sadness she feels over her shattered family and childhood memories that continue to haunt her are moments of happiness and normalcy. While she spoke to PEOPLE, her husband stood in the background, comforting her. She says she and her husband met through an ad on The Onion. “And we have been in love ever since. Yesterday was the anniversary of our first date. It’s been seven years.”

“He is the most wonderful man in the world. When they say living well is the best revenge – I have that. My conscience is clean. I have told the truth. I cannot say the same for Moses.” She also has her family, who she says has always been there for her. “I love my family so much. We are a strong family. We are a loving family. We are a brave family. We are fighters. I love my mother so much.”

She hopes her open letter will help sexual abuse victims come forward and seek help.

“I am hoping to help at least one person out there. And that’s why I spoke out.”

[From People]

The Onion has personal ads?! WHAT?! Sorry, I was just trying to lighten the mood again. Anyway… I feel for Dylan. I think she is still dealing with what she went through as a child. Reportedly, Woody Allen is speaking to editors at the New York Times about publishing his own op-ed, but as yet, that has not happened. 60 Minutes has also re-posted their old 1992 interview with Woody, which you can see here.

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  1. eliza says:

    Sad situation all the way around.

    The scary thing is Moses being a family therapist. My opinion of him is that he is a horrible man and deserves to be in Allen’s life.

    Whether people believe Dylan or not, this woman has been through the wringer at the hands of people she trusted. I am glad she has found happiness with someone.

    • LB says:

      I’m being serious (not trolling) when I say I really don’t know who to believe. I never followed the case and quite frankly, won’t be starting now. But I agree with your sentiment – sad situation all around.

    • sapphoandgrits says:

      Moses has legal and moral ethics he has to follow, and he is following none of them. He needs to lose his license for this.

      I read last night, but now can’t find the cite, that WA bailed out Moses from some severe financial problems after his mother refused to do so. I have no idea whether or not this is true.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        He can’t lose his license for this as he does not treat his sister. It’s not a violation of anything. It is a bit unethical that he appears to be using his position as a counselor to make his words appear to have more value, but that’s not against anything an ethics board would govern.

    • TommyAnnE says:

      Moses fails and undermines his credibility on a number of levels.

      This “of course” statement of his besides being very patronizing and presumptuous (who died and made him omniscient narrator?) is really irresponsible and emotionally dishonest. As a trained therapist he should understand that siblings often have different experiences and feelings, and he is only an expert on his own.

      His statement that his sister should reconcile with her father and that this would be the best thing for her is mindbogglingly trangressive and emotionally abusive– cardinal rule in counseling, especially when you are talking to someone who is dealing with abuse, is that you do NOT tell the other person what to do. It is not anyone else’s place to dictate what Dylan should or should not do. I work as a phone counselor at Planned Parenthood and we were given a lot of training on this. Lecturing someone about what they should or shouldn’t do, attempting to make their decision for them, is potentially very harmful especially to someone who has suffered rape or abuse. If he is a trained counselor, he knows perfectly well how hurtful his words are and I have to conclude that he intended to hurt.

      Where he really destroys his credibility though is when he passingly refers to his father “falling in love” with Soon-Yi as if that were just a minor detail. Dude, you cannot trot out your counseling credentials and then skirt past that bit about your father falling in love with your sister. WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT YOUR FATHER BEING YOUR BROTHER IN LAW, MOSES? No, I don’t believe for a minute that this isn’t an issue or that you really do not see a problem.

      I don’t think he is even remotely in touch with his own heart on this matter, and he is incompetent in his understanding of counseling and psychology. I would love it if this vicious, passive aggressive statement were enough to warrant taking away his license. At least we can take comfort in knowing that he has ruined his own professional reputation (that is if he had one to begin with).

      • Wren33 says:

        I agree. In these sorts of cases with ambiguous evidence I am never going to say as an outsider that I 100% believe one side or the other. I lean towards believing Dylan, but even if her brother has reasonable doubts, speaking in public like that seems to undermine every principle a counselor should stand for. The “of course she wasn’t abused” seems so arrogant and patronizing.

      • TG says:

        Wow, what an intelligent analysis. Thanks for that.

      • rlh says:

        TommyAnnE:
        You NAILED it! Thank you. That was everything I felt about the Moses statement. I have been in counseling for a long time and not once has my therapist EVER told me what I should or should not do; not even when I was walking straight toward a cliff. Moses’ words are unethical, bottom line. No credibility whatsoever.

      • FLORC says:

        TommyAnnE
        Please post here more! Well said.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        I got so much more out of your post than deconstructing Moses’ agenda, TommyAnne.

        (*SPOILER ALERT* – Moses is Woody’s highest paid astroturfing sockpuppet, acting as a Meta Brooks Brothers Riot of one.)

        We all know THAT GUY, patronizing and presumptuous, who thinks he’s the Master of All That’s Right and Perfect, beholden by Divine Rightness to bestow upon you why YOUR’E DOING IT WRONG. You know, THE GUY who tells you what YOUR experiences and feelings SHOULD BE, all the while completely clueless about his own massive inadequacies and expertise of nothing remotely true.

        THAT GUY’s always happy to tell you what to think, how to act, and what to say. He’ll pitch in unasked anytime, I mean EVERYTIME, because he’s only DOING IT TO HELP YOU. He’s selflessly willing to take his valuable and precious time to mansplain to you how you should be more like, well, HIM. He’s on perpetual standby, FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, to jump in and make your decisions for you.

        Thankfully though, THAT GUY’s passive aggressive nature and global refusal to accept any culpability of his own quickly destroys any credibility he has. Now I don’t know if Moses is THAT GUY, but he’s certainly destroyed HIS credibility as a therapist overnight, that is if he really practices with any credentials other than a diploma mill certificate.

      • ncmagnolia says:

        TommyAnnE-

        Everything you said. Well done.

  2. aquarius64 says:

    Wow. Things have changed since 1992. Thanks to social media, 24-hour news cycle, blogs like this one, this is not going to go away on Woody so quickly this time around. His accuser is now 28 years old and she looks like she’s strong enough to fight back against Woody’s lawyers and PR flacks. Woody can’t get any Hollywood friends to go on the record and defend him; and those who dare are met with fierce backlash. Since there is no criminal repercussions for Allen because the statute of limitations has expired, he’s fighting for reputation and legacy. And thanks to the Catholic Church and the Penn State sex abuse scandals, Allen has a tougher row to hoe. (It doesn’t help that Allen’s lawyer called Mia the B-word on air in regards to those accusations.)

    • springingforward says:

      I love that celebrities are now being judged by the content of their character and not only what they project to the public. It is past time. (Just ask Dylan)
      I won’t ever see any of Woody Allen’s projects in the future; just what his pr flacks are worried about….

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I am wondering about the statute of limitations. I realized recently I am not as educated on that area as I thought I was!

      There was a case in California in recent weeks where a 28 year old woman discussed the abuse she suffered when she was about 15 years old at the hands of her former teacher and coach. She had the teacher on speaker phone, and taped her admitting to the abuse. This video got on the news, and another victim came forward.

      The cops said that even though the statue of limitations for that crime had passed, because there were so many charges, it made the crimes a felony and the statue of limitations no longer apply. She is now awaiting trial and could possibly get life in prison. I will post a link ina moment.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        This case makes me wonder if there could be justice for Dylan. The teacher who committed the crimes 13/15 years ago is facing 16 felony charges:

        “Because the five aggravated sexual assault charges carry a life sentence and meet a handful of other conditions, the statute of limitations does not apply though the alleged crimes took place between 1997 and 2001, Hall said.”

        http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/02/04/california-educator-accused-sexual-abuse-via-youtube-jailed-on-felony-charges/

        “But John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said there is no statute of limitations on the most serious charge — aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14.”

        http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/03/justice/california-alleged-teacher-abuse/

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        The statute of limitations for criminal charges are past because the clock start whe the police report is filed. Mia filed charges immediately, and Allen lost all visitation rights to his children. They did not arrest him only because at that point Dylan was too fragile to take the stand. This is a very different from a case that was buried for years. If there is a loophole here, I would like to know about it, but I think there isn’t.

        This doesn’t mean that Allen is free from all legal problems. I had to laugh when his lawyer stated that he will graciously not pursue defamation charges against Farrow– statements have to be untrue to be defamatory. If he did pursue such charges, and if he could be put on the stand and made to answer questions under oath, he is the one who would pay dearly with his reputation. I am going to bet that any future statements he releases will be well combed by lawyers to make sure that Farrow cannot sue him.

        I also wonder if they could still pursue civil charges. I am not a lawyer of course, so I don’t know.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think Dylan is telling the truth. Moses is either in denial, or he knows which side his bread is buttered on. It’s ridiculous for him to say he knows for sure that this abuse didn’t happen. And I also noted that he brushed over the whole sordid affair with SoonLee by referring to it as “when they fell in love.” The acorn didn’t fall far from that tree.

    • kkimber says:

      As someone who has experienced this, it is not unusual for a sibling to turn against the victim. My own brother turned against me I think because he didn’t want to have to choose between me or my parents. It’s sad but not unusual. All we can do as survivors is to accept and move on. It took me years and years of therapy and the pain will always be there but it is manageable with help from counselors and close friends. Woody is a pedophile. Those poor daughters are probably going through hell right now. A pedophile doesn’t stop.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m so sorry, and so angry that you had to go through all of that. I’m glad you got the help you needed to deal with the pain and build a life for yourself.
        You make such a good point about about pedophiles continuing to abuse. Especially when people are so ready to believe them and excuse them. This is so sad, and nothing makes me feel more helpless.

      • Dreamyk says:

        Thank you for sharing your truth. Every survivor that does this is helping a still silent victim.

        The former Mr. Dreamyk was molested for years by his father. The same father also molested his two other sons, one who couldn’t speak due to severe cerebral palsy. It takes a sick, sick man to sodomize a son who couldn’t speak or even move without assistance.

        Of the 3 boys, 2 remember and 1 doesn’t. The trauma is too deep for him to acknowledge. It doesn’t make him less of a survivor.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        kkimber and Dreamyk, thank you for sharing your (and your husband’s) experiences.

        I think Dreamyk’s comment was so well written, I am just going to post it again and note my whole hearted endorsement.

        “Thank you for sharing your truth. Every survivor that does this is helping a still silent victim. “

      • FLORC says:

        Dreamyk
        While I appreciate the power of sharing and how it does give some the strength to tell their story it’s also scaring many. Survivors out there are seeing her get ripped apart in the press and attacked by her once family. It’s all around sad.
        I don’t know if I would have pursued charges if I knew that I would be blamed for being raped. That the truth wasn’t as important as bending it.
        And what happened to your ex and his brothers makes me feel sick.

      • ncmagnolia says:

        kkimber-

        So horribly true everything you’ve said. Hugs to you.

    • Christina says:

      DreamyK, your post brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for you and your brothers, and for kkimber, too. Children are truly helpless and rely on us to protect them. I am so sorry there was no one to fiercely protect you.

    • pleaseicu says:

      Looks like Woody’s trial strategy finally worked on one of the kids. Either the appellate court decision or the custody trial court decision called out Woody and his lawyers for employing a damaging strategy of trying to isolate the Allen children by turning them against Mia and the Previn-Farrow children, who the Allen children considered siblings.

      It wouldn’t surprise me at all if something like that went on with Moses because overnight he went from nothing to do with his father for years and years to total Woody fanboy. He turned not just on Mia (which I understand if his abuse claims are true) but he completely cut out all 11 of his siblings from his life as well and completely divorced himself from any sibling relationship with Soon-Yi (he never refers to her as his sister or adopted sister, just his father’s wife and the woman his father fell in love with).

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Although I agree with all you say, Pleaseicu, as I understand it, the motivation for Moses’ change of heart regarding Woody also appears to have been fraught with financial motives: Reports say that Moses got into a serious financial jam, and for whatever reason, Mia declined to give him money to make it go away. That was apparently when Moses turned to Woody for the first time, after having refused to see him for almost all his life before that. Now Moses is apparently doing quite well with his photography and seems to have made it a primary life-focus (I can only guess, but it’s not difficult to imagine that perhaps Moses suddenly has money, photographic equipment, and entree to valuable connections, all of which would allow him to be an independent photographic artust.

  4. QQ says:

    How Fking horrible for a victim of assault to have all this shit out there and all these randos either trying to refute her life or chiming or defending this melted face lecherous a*hole

  5. Mackie says:

    I believe Dylan. The fact that Woody Allen fell for a little girl he watched grow up and play with his children is very telling, imo.

  6. Delilah says:

    I didn’t visit any of the included links, but I’m happy to know Dylan did not back down when given the opportunity to respond to backlash. Bravo Dylan. The one point made about not having “…limos…fancy Manhattan…” taken out of context may be misread as evidence somewhere this is about and fame. In other words a quick defense for the rich when attacked or accused publicly is a shake down for money, a bid for attention, an attempt to ride on the coattails of the more wealthy & famous counterpart or wealth shaming of sorts. She countered that brilliantly in saying “this is not a smear campaign”. I find that she well articulated other points. I admire that it seems she’s not cherry picking to what she’ll respond, but open and forthright. It gives her a lot of credibility. I find people with something to hide are more defensive and try, to a fault, to structure all messages. Perhaps because they have more to lose. I see Woody and his camp not so forthcoming. That could be construed to support my argument, albeit a golden rule in damage control is to be deliberate in the structure and timing of the narrative. It’s Olivia Pope time.

  7. Stef Leppard says:

    I feel so sad for Dylan that this has to play out publicly due to who her (alleged) abuser is. It’s hard enough for a victim of sexual assault to come forward without having to do so in the public arena. So many people –strangers — have formed opinions about her and the situation without really knowing all the details (or being a witness at the time of the assault). That’s why I said in an earlier comment that I didn’t feel comfortable forming an opinion. It’s so sensitive and I can never really know the full truth or all the details, but my heart goes out to her.

  8. renata says:

    This whole business is reminding me of the book by Dreiser, “An American Tragedy”. If you’re not familiar with it, in that book the lead character does something horrible and prospers, only to be taken down and destroyed later by something he thought about but didn’t really do.

    I don’t know what happened between Woody and Dylan. I know there are some here that think they know, but the truth is none of us really know with certainty. But we do know what happened with Soon-Yi, and this whole business seems like karmic vultures circling Woody for the kill.

    I guess sooner or later we all have to pay for something. I’m not sure what action Woody is paying for now, but he’s paying for something.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I love Theodore Dreiser. One of my all time favorite books is “Sister Carrie”. Renata, I see why you referenced Drieser; he digs so deep into his character’s souls that you feel like your reading writing a thinly veiled a roman à clef.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I’m absolutely sure what Woody Allen is paying for, Renata.

      The searing heartbreak that runs like a vein of horror through the cavern of her soul is something all child sex abuse survivors learn to live with, because they have to. Dylan’s choice of words are exactly how a victim would describe her molester, “EVIL.” – http://survivorsjustice.com/category/evil/

    • mercy says:

      He escaped legal charges, he still has a wildly successful career, his children’s sister is still married to him, he was still able to adopt two little girls, and he got Moses to turn on Dylan in an attempt to save his own arse. “Karma” didn’t do it’s job with Woody.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        The key word, Mercy, is ‘attempt’ because WA has failed his attempt to silence the truth he sexually abused his 5 yo daugher Dylan.

        From his elevated God-like perch as a respected VISIONARY, with perhaps a touch of succès de scandale, Allen WAS secure in the knowledge mere mortals would never really SEE through his oeuvre as the sick autobiography it is. Throughout his films, Woody giddily celebrates art imitating his real life’s story of getting away with everything, especially his twisted pedophilia, and really any damn thing he wants, and how History with a capital ‘H’ would never know the depth of his perfidies.

        Woody Allen thought he’d exit this world facade intact as a man fêted for his masterpieces, lauded, admired, blameless in the eyes of the entire world. WA was untroubled the rubes or even HISTORY would ever see through his nebbishly public construct, just like his ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ alter ego ‘Judah’ thumbed his nose at any hoi polloi notion of plebeian morality. Near the end of the film, Judah tells his story of getting away with a horrific murder, disguising it as a movie he’s pitching.:

        JUDAH: “People carry awful deeds around with them. What do you expect him to do, turn himself in? This is reality. In reality, we rationalize. We deny.”

        WA thought he was protected from being found out by his insulated world of wealth and privilege. Woody thought wrong. His little helpless daughter grew up to be a Lioness, standing her ground, roaring her truth until it echoed so loudly that his carefully wrought deceptions lie as rubble footnoting his career for posterity. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/dylan-farrow-woody-allen-movies?src=soc_twtr#comments

        No one can watch his movies ever again without seeing them through the lens of Dylan. Thanks to Dylan, there’s NO separating this scum from his ‘Art’. Such a separation is impossible because everyone can now see his movies are so thoroughly about himself, about his condition, and as it turns out, the moral universe in which he exists—one in which he fully expected no justice or discovery. Now, the world forever sees his entire body of work as an opus to sexually abusing little girls. Now, a heroine has emerged, and there’s no going back for WA.

  9. MsMirna says:

    So sad for her. I feel some second-hand anger at the people who claim she’s lying. Trust, it would have been SO much easier for her to stay in the shadows and live with this horror for the rest of her life. I have a cousin who was sexually abused by her father for years (until my mother took her in at 14) and she never told a soul, other than me. She finally spoke out when he tried to sexually abuse HER daughters and she was ostracized by the family and called a liar. Victims of sexual abuse deserve sympathy and empathy. Especially when it’s a grown woman like this who is FINALLY owning her truth.

  10. original kay says:

    Did you guys see the latest on Radar?

    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/02/mia-farrow-valentines-day-card-wood-allen-1992/

    :(

    I applaud Dylan speakig out, even more so with the smear campaign the WA team is launching.

  11. Latisse says:

    I am so happy that Dylan is refusing to be silenced, this creep aught to be shamed to the point where he never shows his face in public again. Him and his two-faced son need to crawl into a dark hole and rot there.

  12. TG says:

    I am in tears standing in line at Starbucks. I admit I am an emotional pesto and Dylan’s heartbreaking story is so sad. The more Woody and his goons speak out against Dylan and Mia the more they sink themselves. I watched that 60 Minutes interview and was not impressed. Woody acted like one of his neurotic characters from his movies and seemed to enjoy the theatrics of being neurotic.

    • Irishserra says:

      Yes, and when asked a direct question, he won’t give a direct answer. He talks all around it. We don’t need him to reiterate details. Anyhoodle, he’s an actor. He’s just playing another role – that of the poor victimized, innocent doting father.

  13. Dani says:

    He’s a creep. Even if he didn’t molest her (doubtful) he still married his adopted daughter and that justifies as just as creepy. He’s a vile, perverted old man.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      Watch out Dani. At least ten people are going to tell you that Soon Yi was never actually adopted by Woody Allen. As if that makes it all ok.

      • Dani says:

        Oh silly me! guess that makes it okay!! Whoever actually thinks that makes it acceptable needs serious help. She grew up with his kids.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Silly you!! The two most popular defenses I’ve seen are that Woody has been investigated and found innocent of molesting Dylan (that one has already popped up today – see below), and that Woody never adopted Soon Yi. One totally false, the other true, but still sick as hell no matter which way you spin it. ‘Cause don’t ya know….”The heart wants what the heart wants.” Yep, that makes it all better!

      • Dani says:

        I guess since my heart wants both Tom Hiddleston AND Benedict Cumberbatch along with my husband that makes it okay if I casually stalk them and find them and bring them home with me. Ugh why didn’t anyone tell me things were acceptable since my heart wanted it?!?!?

        *sarcasm* he’s still a pig

  14. Juliette says:

    I believe you, Dylan.

    In a 1976 interview with People Magazine Woody Allen, then 41, said: “I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with fifteen 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him.”

    Woody himself admitted his perversion to the very publication Dylan now calls him out through. Its poetic justice, even though Dylan will never truly have justice against her abuser.

  15. Jenfem says:

    I think it’s frightening that after an individual has been thoroughly investigated and found innocent (not even charged with a crime), op-eds and twitter comments can put them on trial in the court of public opinion. Also, the misinformation is staggering.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      You’re right, Jenfem. The misinformation is staggering…starting with the one that says he was found innocent. That never happened.
      I don’t want to rehash it all over again, but it never went to trial, so he was never found innocent. The judge and prosecutor had enough evidence to go to trial, but Dylan was too fragile to be a witness. He then turned around and tried to sue for full custody of the kids, and lost all visitation with Dylan. Years later, he married Dylan’s sister. Draw your own conclusions, but those are facts.

    • sapphoandgrits says:

      A judge actually said he was sure the abuse happened, as did doctors NOT on Allen’s payroll. There’s a reason why custody was taken away from Allen.

      He also has a decades-long pattern of behavior where young girls are involved. Those of us who have loved ones who are survivors, or who are survivors themselves, recognize the behavior. It is literally textbook.

      He isn’t going to lose any money or spend one minute in prison. He just has the internet to deal with now, which he didn’t really in 1992.

      He is a vile man.

    • dagdag says:

      @Jenfem

      The internet has more than enough on pro/anti Allen/Farrow. All I could find in Allens´s defense ref Dylan is that Farrow is a crazy, vindictive and vile woman who could not get over the fact that Allen chose her daughter over her.

      ……………Criminal charges, however, were another story. Allen conceded, and defended, his sexual relationship with the older daughter but denied any other incidents with others. Paul Williams, the New York Child Welfare worker on the case, noted that
       
           “based [on the child's] demeanor and her responses to my questions,
           and my conversations with the caseworker in Connecticut, and
           my experiences from interviewing hundreds of children who have
           been abused, I concluded that abuse did occur and that there was
           a prima facie cause to commence family-court proceedings against
           Woody Allen. Then the barriers came down. There came a litany of
           reasons why we should not go forward. My superior said that Woody
           Allen is ‘an influential person,’ she talked about his films, and his
           ‘position.’ As more evidence came through interviews, I insisted that
           the case should have been filed. Managers at the Child Welfare Agency
           responded that ‘pressure [to drop the case] is coming all the way from
           the mayor’s office [Jewish mayor: Ed Koch].” [FARROW, p. 311]…………
       
      http://blockyourid.com/~gbpprorg/judicial-inc/woody_allen_with_mia_farrow_supplement.htm#Polaroids

  16. MrsBPitt says:

    My heart breaks for Dylan…and yet, I am happy that she feels strong enough and has recovered enough to share her story…it must feel liberating to her to finally be able to verbalise her pain…and whether you believe she was molested or not (I, myself, believe her after the evidence of inappropriateness with Soon Yi) this girl has been through pain…

  17. Shannon1972 says:

    My god. I knew almost nothing of Woody Allen before Dylan came forward, and now I know more than I would ever want to. Just reading about him at this point makes my skin crawl, and I am definitely at over-saturation point with this story. But I keep reading, if nothing else, in solidarity with all of the abused victims who have come forward and bravely shared their stories here, and with those who still remain in the shadows. I have nothing to add that hasn’t been said in the past few days, except I wish beyond all that this had never happened to Dylan Farrow…or anyone else. What an ugly, festering thing to live with.

  18. Marianne says:

    I agree that its horrible to tell a victim they are lying. But she did the EXACT same thing to Moses when he said that Mia used to hit him. It is absolutely stupid on BOTH their parts to say with 100% certainty that nothing ever happened unless they were attached to the hip 24/7.

  19. sapphoandgrits says:

    Moses has legal and moral ethics he has to follow, and he is following none of them. He needs to lose his license for this.

    I read last night, but now can’t find the cite, that WA bailed out Moses from some severe financial problems after his mother refused to do so. I have no idea whether or not this is true.

  20. Jayna says:

    He is a narcissist. His interviews are telling, the way he feels nothing he did affected the family dynamic. I do believe from all articles that he didn’t play a big part in Soon Yi’s life at all, as even Mia admitted a year or so before the affair came out in an interview about her relationship with Woody and the role he played in all the children’s lives. BUT she was his children’s sister and he and Soon Yi were around together in family settings. He was the older man in a relationship with her mother. Whether he and Mia weren’t as close as they once were, they were in a relationship still whether he wants to admit to it or not. Beyond that betrayal, Woody was in his fifties and Soon Yi was 19. How gross. What is wrong with him? I don’t know if all of the abuse story that day is true or not. No one does. But I’m sure something happened. But obviously something was going on with him with Dylan for a long time, which is disturbing enough. Ever since she was brought home he was obssessed with Dylan and to the point Mia talked to a counselor about his obssessive behavior and Woody talked to the counselor. The way he acted with that child I find appalling that Mia stayed with him. I actually find MIa’s behavior disturbing. She knew Woody’s behavior was disturbing for several years and yet stayed with hiim and went through with him adopting Dylan. Over my dead body would he have been adopting Dylan,and that obssessive and questionable behavior with her was way before the day in question. Unbelievable to me.

    After the Soon Yi affair, Woody and Mia were not over. They went back and forth for many months. And she adopted two more kids during that time, one of which he went to the airport with her to get. All after the Soon Yi affair. Why in the world, with her life in an upheaval and her existing children in an upheaval did she bring two disabled children who would require lots of attention into the homelife. First she brought one in that was so severely disabled that it was affecting the children so she gave her away to a family that could handle the child. But she turned around and adopted another one quickly and then another one. Mia had major issues herself.

    BUT that still doesn’t take away from the fact that Woody definitely is a sick man and it played out with his bizarre interest from the get-to in Dylan. He showed no interest in his only natural child, Ronan, ever, to the point,Mia was concerned.

    What a f’d up family.

  21. Jess says:

    I believe Dylan but I do question what Mia is doing. How can she be friend with Polanski? I don’t understand that hypocritical stance at all.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      @Jess, you’re right, it would definitely be hypocritical…if it were true. But it’s not. She is not friends with Roman Polanski. She said it publicly on twitter last week. She didn’t support him in his trial – she testified because she was subpoenaed. It had to do with a dinner party and whether or not she personally witnessed any impropriety. And finally, both Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were invited to sign the petition in support of Polanski being able to come home. One of them signed it, and it wasn’t Mia.
      So, I guess we can put the Polanski thing back where it belongs – in Woody’s lap.

    • Tara says:

      Um yeah. Woody Allen’s support of Polanski peeps its head up at about a tenth of the time it does for Mia… and the latter is untrue. She was subpoenaed to testify in court about his location on a certain night, which she complied with. And it was in a suit about something else… plagiarism or libel or something…

    • mercy says:

      She’s said she is not a friend or supporter of Polanski, and there is no evidence to support the notion that she is. Allen is the one who signed the petition in support of Polanski.

  22. Not saying she lies says:

    I don’t think anyone is saying she is lying. That is her truth, but some question if it is THE truth. Mia is a cold, crazy vindictive woman. Families can be cults as much as other groups. Brainwashing happens all the time. Mia spent three days videotaping and coaching her daughter then had a lifetime to reinforce the story. I feel sorry for everyone here. Moses seems to be the only one to have found peace.

    • dagdag says:

      Well, in Dylan´s case, alone Woody Allen´s behaviour was enough to brainwash her mind. For a child, incest, like marrying her sister, is scattering everything they believe and traumatizing their safety. Hell, kids that age, can not even imagine their parents or anybody having sex.

      Add, do not doubt her.

    • pleaseicu says:

      Did Mia brainwash the pediatricians, the state-employed psychiatrists, Woody’s psychiatrist he was seeing for months before Mia knew about Soon-Yi to deal with Woody’s fixation on Dylan, Woody’s hair, Woody himself when he admitted to being in the attic when his hair matched hair found in the attic after originally saying he was never there and wouldn’t know how to get there, the state prosecutor, a custody trial judge and a panel of appellate judges?

  23. Corrie says:

    A sad situation for everyone. BIG QUESTION for everyone- claiming a 7yr old is manipulated into lying bc of her mother is one thing. But all Woody had to do then and now is say he loves and cares for his daughters welfare and will try to support and have any help she wants. Any father in his right mind would want his daughter away from this horrible Mia. But he left her and now smears his daughters name. He didn’t stand up for his child then and now his first response is her mother is still a evil Svengali still whirling up lies her drone of a daughter recites bc of course 20 yrs after their divorce she’s still being manipulated. And still 20yrs later Dylan can’t speak for herself and is discredited. I don’t know what it must feel like to be discredited 20 yrs of your life. By not just your dad (he says he’s innocent ok) but the court of public opinion and your family. Its no point in discussing this situation bc it will never be resolved. I know they want me to hate Mia, but honestly I always felt Woody is lucky she didn’t pull a Lorena Bobbit after hitting on her daughter. So in my book, Woody always got off easy.

    • MSat says:

      THIS.

      If Allen really gave a shit about this child, how could he have so easily washed his hands of her and let her go live with a crazy person? Why didn’t he fight for her, fight to be in her life, if he’s completely innocent? Instead, he just married another child and went out and got replacement kids. It’s not right.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      That’s what I don’t get about the whole implanted memories thing–if that is possible. Dylan was SEVEN YEARS OLD. Not 2. Not 3. She’s old enough to know that something isn’t right, and she’s old enough to maybe not understand WHY it’s wrong, but that it is wrong.

      And I think that it is rather telling that instead of Woody saying something like “I hope that she is happy now, etc”, he/his lawyer, goes after Mia calling her a crazy b*tch, and so on. That’s not what an innocent person does. And the fact that he didn’t try to fight for custody tells me EVERYTHING.

      My dad’s friend recently got into it with his ex about their custody arrangement. Now the thing is, they had been pretty amicable, having been divorced for YEARS. The ex remarried, everything was fine, etc. The new husband was an alcoholic. A CRAZY alcoholic–an alcoholic that pulled a LOADED shotgun on her, in front of the two kids.

      My dad’s friend told her that he didn’t want that man around HIS kids, and she agreed–but didn’t do anything about it. The husband went to one of those thirty day rehab things, and went right back in. My dad’s friend didn’t wait until the husband got drunk again, and pulled ANOTHER gun on anyone of them—he took them, and didn’t give them back.

      It was illegal, the cops were actually trying to charge him with kidnapping–but he still did it. And he did it, knowing that he could’ve went to jail. Because he didn’t want his sons to be around some drunk who likes to pull guns on people.

      THAT’S what a real father does.

      I can guarantee you–if I had been accused of molestation, had my kids taken away, and none of it was true–I would’ve fought it until I had no money left. Woody Allen is a freaking millionaire. He had the money to fight it. But he didn’t. And that is very telling. At the very least, he’s hiding something else, other than molesting Dylan.

  24. Sunshine says:

    @ Jayna
    Yes! I do believe woody is a narcissist as well just add malignant to his type of narcissism. My mother was also a narcissist personality. She has managed to tear our family apart through triangulation and pitting my siblings against one another just to get whatever superficial bits of ‘love’ and approval she dangles like a carrot. These type of dysfunctional families look good on the outside but are really a chock full of emeshment, competitiveness, enablers and apatheticness. Betrayal by proxy is the norm. No contact has been my only option in healing and moving forward to a healthier and more peaceful life. I refuse to be around people in such deep denial anymore. I really feel for Dylan and the loss of her innocence, the father she never had and the brother that has re-victimized her.

  25. Chalky says:

    For anyone who might be interested, Jon Lovett (former Obama speech writer of all things), has public record documents citing testimony from the original case on his Twitter feed: http://bit.ly/LWYvjo

    It’s not just a he said, she said situation. Apparently, there was enough probable cause to press charges, the DA decided against it and not put the little girl through the mess of a trial.

    • shady says:

      thank you for this, following him now. I didn’t know about his denial about being in the crawl space and then finding his finger prints there. Also, Mia didn’t know about the 15-20 minutes unaccounted for that day until days after when Dylan spoke up about what happened, and that’s when the babysitter confirmed that Woody and Dylan were missing.

  26. mj says:

    We should be yelling about this. We should be calling people out for not calling out Woody Allen.

  27. MSat says:

    Just as the Allen apologists are questioning Dylan’s memories at age 7, how can Moses know for certain that her father and sister were never alone when he was also 7?

    And again – let’s say for the sake of argument that Mia Farrow is a crazy person. That doesn’t mean that Woody didn’t do it.

  28. Sue says:

    Woody Allen was recently seen with his friend, registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Son Yi is the chosen adult groomed child of Allen so she thinks it’s totally normal and was with them too. These two are the parents of a 14 year old and 11 year old girl – and hang with a guy who was convicted for soliciting sex from a 14 year old.

    And people wonder why we can think Woody Allen did this “without facts”?

    Glad Dylan is standing up, and glad she is speaking directly to the actors who choose to support Woody Allen. It is in HW’s power to black ball and if they all choose to black ball Mel Gibson, then they can certainly choose to blackball Polanski and Allen.

  29. MSat says:

    A rebuttal of the widely read Daily Beast piece, disputing the timeline that is the basis of Allen’s “Mia did it to get back at me for Soon-Yi” defense: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2014/02/woody_allen_and_dylan_farrow_digging_deeper_into_misleading_coverage.html

  30. joan says:

    Glad so many comments here support Dylan. I was going to refer any Woody supporters to read a new article on the NY magazine website by Joe Coscarelli called “A Brief History of Woody Allen’s Creepy Comments About Little Girls” [or something like that].

    It documents his published, obsessive dirty jokes, interviews, and other comments about sex with little girls, over the past decades. That’s right, decades! It’s extra appalling when you read it all together, and who could deny Allen’s creepy, suspicious obsession?

  31. LahdidahBaby says:

    I haven’t had a chance to catch up with this thread yet, so my apologies if this link has already been posted, but for anyone who wishes to read a lengthy, detailed, and disturbing 1992 piece from VF that blows the scandal wide open: http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/archive/1992/11/farrow199211

  32. Soitgoes says:

    Probably like most of you, I’ve read numerous online articles and comments about the Woody vs Dylan, if you will.
    As far as I’m concerned the following article sums it up for me-that Dylan is truthful in her account. I mean WHO makes seemingly flippant comments like this? Even if he was joking, WHO would even think that it was an appropriate much less a funny thing to kid about???
    As far as I’m concerned only someone whose thoughts of this kind do not stray far from the realm of possibility.
    http://www.tmz.com/2014/02/05/woody-allen-12-year-old-sex-interview-pedophile/

  33. Tiffany :) says:

    Tantrum warning….

    I am just so TIRED of the victimization of children! It just frustrates me to NO END that we repeatedly have stories of the abuse of kids by religious organziations, sporting organizations, teachers, parents and family members. In these stories there are always ADULTS WHO KNOW and do NOTHING to help the child! How can these people do nothing to protect the INNOCENT, and at the same time ENABLE their predatory behavior?

    This story is just wearing on my soul. Just like Penn State, just like the Catholic church, just like…..the list goes on and on. When will it end? How can we as a society stop this from happening? What should be done? I think “How” and “What” is a conversation we DESPERATELY need to have!

  34. anon33 says:

    I just wanted to say that I absolutely beyond hate the “stay out of it, it’s a family affair” or “we shouldn’t be commenting on private matters” defense thats some people (not here) are throwing up.

    SILENCE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. SEXUAL ABUSE RUINS LIVES.

  35. Ginger says:

    As a sexual abuse survivor myself, I can tell you that she (and all victims) live with the pain and memory of what happened for a lifetime. I am so proud to see her come forward and tell her truth. No matter what happens I’m sure just telling her story is a great relief. I am sorry to see so much backlash but as I’ve said before, this is still par for the course and we can see that women’s and children’s rights have not actually come all that far. The powerful will still find a way to weasel out of their wrongs. It pains me to see that children and victims are still silenced and women deemed “crazy” or “evil”. I find comfort in the fact that Dylan has such a supportive family because that will make all the difference for her. I wish nothing but good things for her in the future.

  36. Suzanne says:

    Never watched any of his films. Had no desire to seek out what makes him so special in regards to talent. It was mentioned in several articles/posts that celebrities line up to work with him and I kind of wonder why? There was always something about his style in general which I thought was – dated? Mundane? Boring? Maybe it’s the way he always portrayed himself as a person in general (before shit hit the fan) – NOW, however, because of this recent addition to his resume of life – there is no way in hell I’m ever going to watch anything from him, in fact, every time I see anything related to this guy I will always be reminded of this horrible mess. Damage done. How can he do damage control at this point? No amount of lawyers, or responding comments are going to save his reputation now. Honestly, I hope this is the peek of this sad situation, but I think there is more to this story yet to be exposed.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      “No amount of lawyers, or responding comments are going to save his reputation now.” – Suzanne

      I’m quite grateful that either Celebitchy has managed to scrub the sockpuppets from commenting on this thread or even the astroturfers daren’t show their fake usernames in the fire of Dylan’s incendiary truth.

      “Never watched any of his films. Had no desire to seek out what makes him so special in regards to talent.” His own films serve to indict his guilt as they are paeans to the banality of evil and the worst of the worst human condition.

      Re-Watching Woody Allen: The newly-chilling themes that you can see throughout his movies – http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/dylan-farrow-woody-allen-movies?src=soc_twtr#comments

      • Tara says:

        Agreed on all counts Sloane. Also found it strange, when trying to find the movie where he was obsessed with his niece (Crimes and Misdemeanors), the obsession was barely mentioned. When people did mention it, they called it sweet, and only a few eeked out an “urp. Awkward?” Yeah, awkward because he was in therapy around that time for his obsession with Dylan. Awkward because a few years later he was with soon yi.

        I remember a scene that juxtaposes him talking with his extremely distraught sister, who was recently tied up and defecated on by a man she went on a date with… And all woody’s character could think of was her daughter, his niece, how he wanted to spend time with her and talk about his unfortunate love life. Any comment on the mother (his sister) tended to label her a neurotic mess. It was a scene that was at least brutally dismissive of the trials and feelings of an adult woman, juxtaposed with golden-hued, ice cream filled moments between a stunted man and tween girl. In retrospect, it looks like, in his signature narcissism, he’s breeding a young relative to be his confidante and lover. With his main character, Judah, he tells us he’s going to get away with his crime. With his minor nebbish character, played by himself, he explains how he’ll get away with it: someone so flawed and self deprecating must be harmless. The latter is a dangerous assumption.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Seriously? Who the hell funds his movies?

        I’ve only ever seen the last half of Vicky Cristina Barcelona (on tv–basically Penelope’s part), and I won’t be watching any of his other films. Just from some of the summaries–who wouldn’t know that WA was a creep? One or two or even three films, you can get away with characters like that–that are just creepy for no good reason–but after that? That tells the audience something about you.

  37. Dibba says:

    My random thoughts. He’s an emotional mess and narcissistic and Mia is somewhat of a mess too. WTF can’t he live with his family? Any man with any kind of moral compass would have walked away from soon yi situation knowing the damage it would inflict on his children. I can’t imagine the rage and hurt Mia must have felt. I feel for Dylan and 7 years old is old enough to have accurate memories. It’s not like she was three. Mia’s pedophile brother makes it more likely there was some inappropriateness in their lives. Mia original family may have experienced it and she turned a blind eye. Who knows? It is curious that it happened once only and at the height of custody battle. Perhaps it was woodsy way at getting back at Mia. I think it’s impossible to know the real truth here because of all the misrepresentations. That being said, I take Dylan’s claims at face value and I think her voice needs to be heard above all the other noise. My sister claimed my grandfather abused her once and my family was stunned and bemused. It was my dad’s father and I asked him how he felt. My dad said that the only thing that mattered was that my sister believed this happened and it needed to be honored. He also said that I was entitled to my own memories and relationship with my deceased grandfather and my truth could be different than hers

  38. mimi says:

    Does it seem odd to anyone else that Dylan’s detractors are so SURE Woody was never alone w/ Dylan? As if they were on the look out making sure THAT didn’t happen? I come from a mid-sized family not nearly as large as the Allen/Farrows and I couldn’t tell you who was or wan’t with whom at every moment in a day. It strikes me as strange and sad that family members had to keep tabs on “dad”

  39. bettyrose says:

    The fact is that whether Dylan’s memory is accurate or not, Woody’s history of digusting lecherous behavior is not working in his favor here.

  40. Jeanette says:

    Why anyone doubts her is beyond me. He was in therapy because he had already admitted to fondling her at 2-3 years old!!! He was screwing her sister..also a minor. The man had no qualms about screwing a child.

  41. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Did anyone else see the “Woody Allen Speaks Out” fiction in last night’s NY Times? – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/woody-allen-speaks-out.html?_r=0

    “Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” the 78-year-old director wrote. “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” said Moses in HIS People Story. Anybody wanna bet me a quick sawbuck the same Woody Allen PR firm wrote both responses?

    THE FIVE SIGNS A PERSON IS A LIAR

    A person’s demeanor or voice radically changes
    If his manner shifts abruptly, like Woody going from casually chatty to pedantic — going from calm to agitated or lively to mellow — chances are he’s not telling the truth.

    A person avoids saying “I”
    Whoa! In his ‘letter’, Woody tellingly went from referring to himself in 1st person to 3rd person when denying he sexually abused Dylan, “Mr. Allen did not abuse Dylan; most likely a vulnerable, stressed-out 7-year-old was coached by Mia Farrow.” This is the ONLY TIME he did so in his entire 14 paragraph letter. LIARS disassociate themselves from their subject matter; they tend to use ‘I’ and ‘me’ less often than truthful people. Instead, they’ll speak about themselves in the third person, anything to give themselves psychological distance from the lie.

    A person has an answer for everything
    “Even the venue where the fabricated molestation was supposed to have taken place was poorly chosen but interesting. Mia chose the attic of her country house, a place she should have realized I’d never go to because it is a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up and I’m a major claustrophobe.”

    I guess Woody thinks we don’t know how to use the internet.

    On Jan. 6, 1993, Allen appeared at the state police barracks in Litchfield for a three-and-a-half hour interview. He denied assaulting Dylan. He denied ever having been in the crawl space.

    But Allen did say he might have reached into the crawl space on occasion, either to grab one of the children or to give them a soda. State police reminded Allen that to reach into the crawl space, he would have had to enter a small closet first. Allen vehemently denied entry to the crawl space.

    But when state police told Allen they had taken fingerprints from the crawl space, he said it was possible that he is prints would be found there. State police characterized Allen’s statements as inconsistent. **

    A person has an answer for everything
    You guys predicted he’d only respond via a statement. No way could this slime chance revealing himself on video.

    A person proclaims his honesty repeatedly
    I could go on, but in the interest of brevity (HA), you definitely should read The Connecticut Today article. It more than damns Woody Allen as the pedophile he is, dissects the entire case in great detail, and provides information I’ve not seen before.

    * ‘How to Tell If Someone is Lying’ – http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/07/18/lying.clues.rs/index.html

    ** http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/Connecticut-Today/September-2013/Mia-Farrows-Vanity-Fair-Interview-References-1997-Connecticut-Magazine-Article/index.php?cparticle=3&siarticle=2