As Woody Allen is in Cannes promoting his new film Cafe Society, his estranged son Ronan Farrow is promoting his new essay on the alleged abuse the Oscar-winner inflicted upon his sister, Dylan Farrow.
The Hollywood Reporter published the piece penned by the 28-year-old on Wednesday, where he criticizes the media’s coverage of Dylan’s powerful open letter written to her dad in 2014.
In case you don’t remember, the 30-year-old recounted just how Woody sexually assaulted her when she was seven.
Well in his new essay, Ronan admits not wanting her piece to come out, confessing:
“I had worked hard to distance myself from my painfully public family history and wanted my work to stand on its own. So I had avoided commenting on my sister’s allegations for years and, when cornered, cultivated distance, limiting my response to the occasional line on Twitter. My sister’s decision to step forward came shortly after I began work on a book and a television series. It was the last association I wanted. Initially, I begged my sister not to go public again and to avoid speaking to reporters about it. I’m ashamed of that, too.”
But he continued:
“I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father’s strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.”
How traumatic, especially considering all the attention their 80-year-old father receives, including a cover story in THR!
And as Ronan added:
“Dylan’s allegations are never raised in the interview and receive only a parenthetical mention ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ an inaccurate reference to charges being ‘dropped.’ THR later issued a correction: ‘not pursued.'”
Though he explained on his sister’s behalf:
“Here is exactly what charges not being pursued looked like in my sister’s case in 1993: The prosecutor met with my mother [Mia Farrow] and sister. Dylan already was deeply traumatized ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ by the assault and the subsequent legal battle that forced her to repeat the story over and over again. (And she did tell her story repeatedly, without inconsistency, despite the emotional toll it took on her.) The longer that battle, the more grotesque the media circus surrounding my family grew. My mother and the prosecutor decided not to subject my sister to more years of mayhem. In a rare step, the prosecutor announced publicly that he had ‘probable cause’ to prosecute Allen, and attributed the decision not to do so to ‘the fragility of the child victim.'”
Still, nothing has changed, as Farrow also dished:
“Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. ‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction… Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He’ll have his stars at his side ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.”
Such a great point! You can read his entire piece HERE.
It will be interesting to see if Woody comments on Ronan’s essay.
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