Published On: Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Dylan Farrow Opens Up on Woody Allen: “Why Shouldn’t I Want to Bring Him Down?”

A list of actors, all worked with Woody Allen, said they believe Dylan Farrow and now speaking in interviews, open letters and posts in social media.

Dylan Farrow opens up on Woody Allen / Print screen CBS

For 25 years, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter with actress Mia Farrow, Dylan, has insisted Allen sexually assaulted her when she was a child.

In her first television interview, with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King airing Thursday, Dylan Farrow explains why now is the time to speak out. Watch the full report Thursday

 

A list of actors, all worked with Woody Allen, are all believe Dylan Farrow and now speaking in interviews, open letters, Tweets, posts on Facebook and Instagram. Here are few of them:

 

 

“There have been some brave and bold women who have taken a stand with and for me in the past few days. I want to acknowledge their integrity, their courage, and their exemplification of a new way forward. Thank you, it means the world”

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“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”

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Timothee Chalamet

Allen’s upcoming film (A Rainy Day in New York)

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Dave Krumholtz

(Wonder Wheel)

“I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It’s one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men.

 

Rebbeca Hall

(A Rainy Day in New York)

 

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  • The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened.
    After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today.
    It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
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  • 6goldeneagle1
  • othernew5Did you make it onto the bandwagon? Did this improve your status ? I’ve still never heard of you.
  • lilxshanz<3
  • ildobaranoskiSou fã e de apoio sempre.
  • kellyalexa.dsThank you
  • __mocro__@billy.kat court documents that are publicly available show that Allen admits to being in therapy for inappropriate sexual thoughts and desires towards his child daughter. this is all public record.
  • __mocro__Same to all who doubt. please examine public records, which include Woody Allen acknowledging and seeking therapy for his sexual obsessions towards a child, who was his daughter. Please do not dismiss this as a family matter or as something that is ambiguous — it was not. I love many of his films too. But this is not a time to protect an artist. We all deserve better from our idols.
  • gmarkgmarkDylan Farrow is abusing actors like you for something not your fault and molesting more people than Woody Allen did. All actors line up and if they disagree, get pressure from the public. This crazyness should stop to say sorry for doing one’s normal work. The place to determine about guilt is in front of court.
  • gmarkgmarkActors were lining up to be in a WA film, despite it was known about his past. He was only good for giving a career boost and some Oscars. Now being reduced to a pervert everyone backs out. None of you has a character in Hollywood
  • craigsmith2@__mocro__ have you read the court records because the only therapists who gave evidence were the childrens and the only person claiming inappropriate sexual behaviour was Mia. The therapist in question was asked to assess Dylan and Mia asked if the behaviour by Woody was sexual. The therapist said his relationship with Dylan was intense because it excluded her other children but it was not sexual. In the words of the therapist “Mr Allen focused on Dylan to the exclusion of her siblings” (ie. Mia and Andre Previn’s kids) “even when Satchel and Moses were present”. Be careful what you read as every claim was born out of Mia’s anger. Surely some coincidence this anger all came out 4 months after she discovered his relationship with Soon-Yi. I don’t know if Allen is guilty or not but there is no hard evidence and alot of misinformed people who are abusing their celebrity status to destroy a legally innocent man.
  • newhighstreetDooes anybody has any proof? Does not exist the presumption of innocence??? And why now? What happened when she accused him the first time and nobody say anything against him?
  • craigsmith2@__mocro__ no they don’t. You are making this up. Please read the actual documents not some VF article you found online.
  • rockyraccoonobe Rebecca Hall you are a fool as well as a hypocrite. To believe the Farrows what an ungrateful idiot you are.
  • michellehartneyartThank you for donating to the movement, and for righting a wrong. The problem is it feels like a publicity/ public image situation you and your handlers put together to deal with this post #metoo #timesup new world order, so it’s feeling inauthentic and forced. You knew about the accusations and still chose to work with a child molester.
  • anarchyinbedrockYou knowingly made a clear and conscious choice to work with and elevate a child molester, sorry doesn’t cut it and neither does a donation. You knew better, you know better there is NO excuse.
  • my.clockwork.orangeVete a pastar, hija mía.
  • rgwilliams88@craigsmith2 Amen!
  • bronwyn__lewis
  • ariane_eyesIt’s ridiculous ! Didn’t you know BEFORE you worked with him all the accusations against him ???
  • james.c.langI think the film should be re-shot without Ms Hall. Woody Allen is innocent. His ex girlfriend indoctrinated her children to get back at him. I checked all sources, and there is no evidence whatsoever except a kid trying to get the attention of her narcissistic actress of a mother. Hall should be ashamed of herself.

Ellen Page

(To Rome With Love)

“You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.

I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He “outed” me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her “flappy pussy”.

We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms. I was young and although already a working actor for so long I had in many ways been insulated, growing up on film sets instead of surrounded by my peers. This public, aggressive outing left me with long standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia. Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress. I was robbed of more than autonomy over my ability to define myself. Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it. The difference is that I can now assert myself and use my voice to to fight back against the insidious queer and transphobic attitude in Hollywood and beyond. Hopefully having the position I have, I can help people who may be struggling to be accepted and allowed to be who they are –to thrive. Vulnerable young people without my advantages are so often diminished and made to feel they have no options for living the life they were meant to joyously lead.

I got into an altercation with Brett at a certain point. He was pressuring me, in front of many people, to don a t-shirt with “Team Ratner” on it. I said no and he insisted. I responded, “I am not on your team.” Later in the day, producers of the film came to my trailer to say that I “couldn’t talk like that to him.” I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed. I was an actor that no one knew. I was eighteen and had no tools to know how to handle the situation.

I have been a professional actor since the age of ten. I’ve had the good fortune to work with many honorable and respectful collaborators both behind and in front of the camera. But the behavior I’m describing is ubiquitous. They (abusers), want you to feel small, to make you insecure, to make you feel like you are indebted to them, or that your actions are to blame for their unwelcome advances.

When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, “You have to make the move, I can’t.” I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically. I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.

Look at the history of what’s happened to minors who’ve described sexual abuse in Hollywood. Some of them are no longer with us, lost to substance abuse and suicide. Their victimizers? Still working. Protected even as I write this. You know who they are; they’ve been discussed behind closed doors as often as Weinstein was. If I, a person with significant privilege, remain reluctant and at such risk simply by saying a person’s name, what are the options for those who do not have what I have?

Let’s remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low income women, particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women, who are silenced by their economic circumstances and profound mistrust of a justice system that acquits the guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence and continues to oppress people of color. I have the means to hire security if I feel threatened. I have the wealth and insurance to receive mental health care. I have the privilege of having a platform that enables me to write this and have it published, while the most marginalized do not have access to such resources. The reality is, women of color, trans and queer and indigenous women have been leading this fight for decades (forever actually). Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Winona LaDuke, Miss Major, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, to name a few. Misty Upham fought tirelessly to end violence against indigenous women, domestic workers and undocumented women. Misty was found dead at the bottom of a cliff three years ago. Her father, Charles Upham, just made a Facebook post saying she was raped at a party by a Miramax executive. The most marginalized have been left behind. As a cis, white lesbian, I have benefited and have the privileges I have, because of these extraordinary and courageous individuals who have led the way and risked their lives while doing so. White supremacy continues to silence people of color, while I have the rights I have because of these leaders. They are who we should be listening to and learning from.

These abusers make us feel powerless and overwhelmed by their empire. Let’s not forget the sitting Supreme Court justice and President of the United States. One accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, whose testimony was discredited. The other proudly describing his own pattern of assault to an entertainment reporter. How many men in the media – titans of industry – need to be exposed for us to understand the gravity of the situation and to demand the fundamental safety and respect that is our right?

Bill Cosby was known to be predatory. The crimes were his, but many were complicit. Many more chose to look the other way. Harvey was known to be predatory. The crimes were his, but many were complicit. Many more chose to look the other way. We continue to celebrate filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was convicted of drugging and anally raping a young girl and who fled sentencing. A fugitive from justice. I’ve heard the industry decry Weinstein’s behavior and vow to affect meaningful change. But let’s be truthful: the list is long and still protected by the status quo. We have work to do. We cannot look the other way.

I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.

I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore. I want them to sit and think about who they are without their lawyers, their millions, their fancy cars, houses upon houses, their “playboy” status and swagger.

What I want the most, is for this to result in healing for the victims. For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility for how we all have played a role in this. I want us to reflect on this endemic issue and how this power dynamic of abuse leads to an enormous amount of suffering. Violence against women is an epidemic in this country and around the world. How is this cascade of immorality and injustice shaping our society? One of the greatest risks to a pregnant woman’s health in the United States is murder. Trans women of color in this country have a life expectancy of thirty-five. Why are we not addressing this as a society? We must remember the consequences of such actions. Mental health issues, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, to name a few.

What are we afraid to say and why can’t we say it? Women, particularly the most marginalized, are silenced, while powerful abusers can scream as loudly as they want, lie as much as they want and continue to profit through it all.

This is a long awaited reckoning. It must be. It’s sad that“codes of conduct” have to be enforced to ensure we experience fundamental human decency and respect. Inclusion and representation are the answer. We’ve learned that the status quo perpetuates unfair, victimizing behavior to protect and perpetuate itself. Don’t allow this behavior to be normalized. Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights. I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.

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Mira Sorvino

(Mighty Aphrodite)

In Open Letter To Dylan Farrow, special to HuffPost

 

Hello. I apologize for this being the first time I address you in print, what will be the first of several apologies today. I am writing to express my belief in and support of you.

I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia.

What I have to say next is not a justification, simply a description of my background with Woody at that time and since. As an adolescent, I cherished my copy of his book “Without Feathers.” I played the Diane Keaton role in a high school production of “Play It Again, Sam” and had grown up, like so many in my generation, in awe of his films. As a young actress I landed the dream role of Linda Ash in “Mighty Aphrodite,” and the artistic license he allowed me to create the character was thrilling. We were friendly though not close, but in no way did he ever overstep his bounds with me; I never personally experienced what has now been described as inappropriate behavior toward young girls.  But this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so….

 

 

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