What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?
Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
– Excerpt from An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow
Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being.
– Excerpt from Woody Allen Speaks Out.
Folks, if you live in America, if you love movies and if you read the newspapers, it’s impossible not to be drawn to the current drama surrounding one of the great movie directors of our time, Woody Allen.
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter with his estranged former partner Mia Farrow, penned a letter dripping in acid last week in the columns of the New York Times accusing her famous father of molesting her in an attic on August 4, 1992 when she was seven.
There’s a history of bad blood between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow after their acrimonious split 22 years back when Mia found nude pictures of her daughter Soon-Yi Previn taken by Woody.
Compounding matters, Woody started an affair with Soon-Yi- Previn (Mia’s adopted daughter with former husband André Previn) and married her in 1997.
Woody Allen has always denied molesting Dylan and in today’s New York Times he responded with elan to his daughter’s vitriolic letter, blasting Mia Farrow for poisoning Dylan against him.
SI’s Position on Charges
I am extremely skeptical that Woody Allen molested Dylan.
Medical experts from the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded that Woody had not molested Dylan.
But the Woody-Abused-Dylan scandal refuses to die down.
And now thanks to Dylan’s letter in the NYT, the scandal has received more oxygen.
I’ve read both letters (Woody’s and Dylan’s) to the NYT twice.
Dylan’s letter doesn’t convince me one bit.
Truth be said, it rings very phony!
Au contraire, Woody’s letter sounds extremely sincere and highly convincing.
I’m also extremely suspicious of the timing of Dylan’s recent letter, considering it came just a few days before the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were to vote for the upcoming Oscars. Woody’s latest film Blue Jasmine has been nominated for three Oscars.
Also, don’t forget Woody just received the Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award.
Remember what William Congreve wrote in The Mourning Bride (1697)?
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned
You know what I’m getting at, don’t you?
Tell me what you folks think via this poll on Woody Allen and the molestation charge by Dylan.
Important: But before you vote in the below poll, you must read the three pieces in the links provided below. It shouldn’t take you long!