Dylan Farrow Speaks Against Woody Allen, Woody Allen Responds

The latest in an upsetting situation.

Last night I was taken to task on Twitter because I didn't follow up last week's Woody Allen piece when Dylan Farrow published her open letter in the New York Times. The argument was that I was denying Farrow a voice. I felt like being published in the Times was a pretty big voice, but the reply to that was I denied her a voice here, on this site. I've been thinking about that a lot - what does that mean, exactly? To be honest, it feels a bit like wearing a yellow ribbon, something the wearer does for themselves, not for the cause. 

But i've received enough inquries about it that the situation feels ripe for re-addressing. Farrow's letter is heartbreaking and vivid; I respect her courage in sharing her story. Her story remains the same as it was in 1992/93, when the allegations first surfaced. No one's testimony has changed since then and no new evidence has surfaced. The difference between 20 years ago and now is that Dylan Farrow has spoken out in her own voice, something she couldn't do at age 7. Here's what she had to say:

What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

For the rest, ciick here. I'm actually assuming you've already read it.

Yesterday Woody Allen responded through his publicist and lawyer. The statement included:

"It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."

I've already explained my thoughts on this. I've offered this site to co-workers who disagree with my take; I eagerly await publishing their perspective.

The space below is for you to continue discussing your own thoughts. 

Dylan Farrow image from the NY Times.