Earlier today we learned of the open letter that was written and released by Dylan Farrow, daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, that painfully reveals the sexual abuse she suffered (and still suffers from) at the hands of her father when she was 7 years old. In response to that letter, Allen‘s lawyer and publicist have issued individual statements that call Farrow‘s letter “a story engineered” and “untrue and disgraceful” respectively. Allen himself, tho, has yet to utter a word about the letter. In fact, when he was confronted by TMZ cameras on the streets of NYC last night shortly after the letter was published, he pretended not to hear the question and attempted to ignore the camera in his face.
Allen‘s attorney Elkan Abramowitz‘s statement: 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.
Allen‘s publicist Leslee Dart‘s statement: Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon…At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.
Neither statement should be entirely surprising even if they are each indicative of blaming the victim. As for Allen‘s silence, the TMZ video that was shot last night doesn’t appear to be working at their site but it can be watched in full HERE. But according to Allen‘s publicist, it sounds a like an official statement from him will come shortly. This whole story is just so gross. It always has been. My assumption, not knowing all of the facts, has always been that since Allen was not formally charged with a crime, it was a matter that probably didn’t happen (that’s not to say that I didn’t believe it was possible but that it was probable). From the first sentence of Dylan Farrow‘s letter, I knew that she was telling the truth. At this point, it’s unlikely that Woody Allen will ever be charged for this crime but in the court of public opinion, there is still a chance for punishment. It was a very bold act for Farrow to publicly call out by name some of the actors who have worked with Allen recently and it will be very interesting to see what they have to say. Altho no criminal charges or official legal punishments may befall Wood Allen, it is my hope that Dylan‘s decision to speak publicly about her abuse for the first time will help her heal just a little bit. It is a brave thing to open up about sexual abuse. Far too many times, the victim is the one punished for speaking out. Even now, Allen‘s supporters are putting the blame on Farrow and her “fabricated” story. Ugh. So gross. So entirely gross.