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Dylan Farrow challenges Hollywood on protecting Woody Allen – again

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Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen, is challenging the “selective” revolution in Hollywood over sexual abuse allegations. 

Dylan Farrow has previously publicly claimed to have been sexually abused as a child by her adoptive father, Woody Allen.

Back in 2014, Farrow wrote an open letter for The New York Times detailing the alleged abuse. Her accusations were first investigated in 1993 and Allen wasn’t charged, due to the fragility of the child witness. The judge said he could not conclude what had happened, but did state “Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and […] measures must be taken to protect her.”

Now, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the invigorated conversation around sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, Farrow has written for the Los Angeles Times, questioning Hollywood’s “selective” revolution.

Farrow, once again, details the alleged abuse she suffered from Allen:

“I have long maintained that when I was seven years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him. He then sexually assaulted me,” she writes.

“I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years. Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”

Dylan Farrow (right) as a child with her brother, Ronan Farrow (left).

As Allen’s next film, Wonder Wheel, is due to be released, Farrow has questioned why journalists have not called him out, and why actresses and actors still work with him – directly addressing Greta Gerwig (who called Allen her “idol”), Kate Winslet and Blake Lively. Farrow, however, did not mention any male actors – such as Justin Timberlake or Jesse Eisenberg – who’ve also recently worked with the director.

“The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore,” she writes, before showing her appreciation towards actresses who have openly refused or regretted working with Allen since Farrow’s allegations broke.

“It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it. It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would.”

Farrow concludes by stating that Hollywood is still protecting Allen as he continues to make films.

“The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.”

Allen denies all allegations made against him by Farrow, and has apparently declined to comment on Farrow’s recent column.

Read Dylan Farrow’s story in full here.

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