Dylan Farrow addresses Woody Allen abuse allegations in first TV interview

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Dylan Farrow has filmed her first TV interview, in which she discusses her claim that her adoptive father Woody Allen sexually assaulted her as a child. 

Dylan Farrow, the adoptive daughter of Hollywood writer-director Woody Allen, has said she feels “outrage” after “years of being ignored” over her claims that Allen sexually abused her as a child.

Appearing on CBS This Morning for her first TV interview about Allen, Farrow told host Gayle King: “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” 

“Why shouldn’t I be angry?” she continued, in a teaser of the interview released by the broadcaster.

“Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?” 

When asked why people should believe her, Farrow responded: “I suppose that’s on them, but all I can do is speak my truth and hope that somebody will believe me, instead of just hearing.”

The interview was filmed on Monday 16 January at Farrow’s home in Bridgewater, Connecticut, and will air on Thursday 18 January. 

Allen has long been accused of sexual abuse by Farrow, who he legally adopted in 1991 (he had been in a relationship with her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, since 1980). 

In 2014, Farrow wrote an open letter for The New York Times detailing the abuse she allegedly suffered at Allen’s hands. She had previously accused him of assaulting her in 1993, when she was eight years old, and said that the abuse occurred when she was seven. 

Allen was not charged in that case, in part due to Farrow’s perceived fragility as a child witness. The judge said he could not conclude what had happened, but did state: “Mr Allen’s behaviour toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and […] measures must be taken to protect her.”

Allen’s sexual conduct has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the invigorated conversation that has emerged around sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. In December, Farrow wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in which she questioned Hollywood’s “selective” revolution.

“It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it,” she said.

Gerwig played the character of Sally in Allen’s To Rome With Love back in 2012.

However, in recent weeks a host of actors and actresses have publicly distanced themselves from the critically-acclaimed director.

Timothée Chalamet announced on social media that he will donate his salary from his role in Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities including the Time’s Up initiative.

Greta Gerwig, who recently picked up a Golden Globe for her directorial debut Lady Bird, said that she regretted working with Allen on his film To Rome With Love. 

“I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question which I have been asked about a couple of times recently, as I worked for him on a film that came out in 2012,” Gerwig said, in an online roundtable for The New York Times.

“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film.”

Mira Sorvino, who starred in Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, has vowed to never work with him again

Actress Mira Sorvino also penned an emotional open letter to Dylan Farrow, saying she was “terribly sorry” for having previously worked with Allen.

“I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you,” Sorvino wrote.

“As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry.”

Sorvino, who won a Oscar for her portrayal of a prostitute in Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, was one of the first women to allege that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her. She has now vowed to never work with Allen again. 

Allen has denied all sexual allegations made against him.

Images: Rex Features / Jen Kreuter