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Dylan Farrow responds to accusations she's "smearing" Woody Allen's name

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Dylan Farrow has been forced to reiterate her claims of sexual abuse against Woody Allen after becoming the subject of an article entitled, “The Smearing of Woody Allen”. 

Dylan Farrow has hit back at journalist Bret Stephens after he urged readers to be skeptic of her sexual abuse allegations against her adopted father Woody Allen and accused her of “playing into our existing biases” to “smear” the director’s name. 

In a recent article for the New York Times, Stephens addressed the claims that Farrow has consistently repeated for 25 years, that at seven-years-old, Allen lead her into the attic of their home and molested her.

He compared her story to those of the multiple victims of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, citing the reason for their downfall as being “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” because of the amount of people that have come forward. Versus Farrow, who he alluded is “innocently prone to making things up”.

Stephens continued to reason that “if Allen is in fact a pedophile, he appears to have acted on his evil fantasies exactly once.” Before bizarrely contrasting this to the 265 victims of former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, like a twisted game of pedophilia Top Trumps

Stephens also summed up the initial court case which took place in 1992 by saying, “An in-depth, contemporaneous and independent investigation into the allegations, conducted over several months by the Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1992 and 1993, noted that there were ‘important inconsistencies in Dylan’s statements,’ and that ‘her descriptions of the details surrounding the alleged events were unusual and were inconsistent.’ 

“It concluded categorically: ‘It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen.’”

He continued to discredit Farrow’s account based on her age at the time of the event and called her “odious” for “accusing someone of being a molester without abundant evidence”.

Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen pictured in 1988

Farrow has now responded to Stephens’ article, taking to Twitter in a three part thread. 

Replying to his reference of the 1992 investigation, she said: “If @BretStephensNYT is interested, there is much more information he can find on my case than what he cites in his piece, some of which I have posted here. /1”.

Farrow continued to highlight the damaging effects that Stephens’ accusations will have on those scared to come forward and tell their own stories of abuse, writing: “To presume I invented this story & convinced myself of it is no less insulting than calling me a liar. I’ve consistently stated the truth for 25 years, I won’t stop now. It’s Stephens’ right to doubt me if he so chooses but his incredulity doesn’t change what happened that day./2”

She continued: “What it does do is make it harder for the next victim to come forward. /3”

Farrow has received much support from her followers on Twitter who have reached out to confirm their belief in her story. 

One Twitter user wrote, “I believe you, Dylan. Thank you for being brave, strong, and an inspiring advocate for victims.”

Another agreed, “Your perseverance is an inspiration.

“It just breaks my heart that we want to ignore an abused child because the facts our uncomfortable and the perpetrator has power. What an example we set for our children today – we won’t believe them when they need our help.”

Images: Rex Features

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