The New York Times published an open letter in its blog written by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen. In it, she recounts in agonizing detail how Allan sexually molested her when she was seven years old. The allegations first came out in 1993 during the public split Woody Allen and longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow. This is the first time the allegations have been written about publicly by Dylan Farrow, now a happily married woman living under a different name in Florida.
In the article, Dylan begins by asking the reader what their favorite Wood Allen movie is. She then proceeds to detail the acts of molestation. At the end of the article, she again asks the reader what their favorite Woody Allen movie is. Having the question asked again, this time in the context of what he did to her when she was a seven year old child, is quite powerful.
The thing is, I don’t have a favorite Woody Allen movie. I wish I could say it’s because he’s child molesting creep, but the real reason I don’t have a favorite Woody Allen movie is because I’ve never enjoyed his work. Call me old fashioned, but I like comedies to actually be funny.
Woody Allen movies aren’t very funny.
Nicholas Kristof noted before Dylan’s article that it was important to remember that Allen has never been prosecuted in this case and has consistently denied wrongdoing. He goes on to state Allen deserves the presumption of innocence.
I disagree. Woody Allen can deny wrongdoing all he wants, but it’s important to remember he obviously has a different definition for the word wrongdoing than the rest of us. This is the same man who began a sexual relationship with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn while still in a relationship with Mia. The sexual relationship only came to light when Mia found pornographic photos of Soon-Yi in his Manhattan duplex. The sexual relationship reportedly began when Allen was 56 and Soon-Yi was 19.
Allen first met Soon-Yi when she was only 10. Excuse me if I don’t believe him when he says he hasn’t done anything wrong.