Hollywood Uncomfortably Silent on Woody Allen Sex Abuse Allegations

Hollywood Uncomfortably Silent on Woody Allen Sex Abuse Allegations

Lena Dunham applauds Dylan Farrow's “courage,” while Sony Classics defends its director

Hollywood grappled over the weekend with renewed allegations that Woody Allen, one of its most decorated and cherished auteurs, molested Dylan Farrow when she was 7 – but for the most part, response from the industry was muted.

The sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday may have taken some of the industry's focus away from Allen, who also reiterated his denial, calling the accusation “disgraceful.”

But apart from a ringing defense from the studio that released Allen's Oscar-nominated movie “Blue Jasmine,” Sony Pictures Classics, there was barely a sound from an industry that is normally on the front lines of socially relevant causes like child molestation.

In an open letter published Saturday in the New York Times, Farrow charged that the director assaulted her in 1992, calling out the industry and actors who had worked with Allen.

Also read: Woody Allen's Adopted Daughter Details Sexual Abuse in New York Times Essay

“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?” she asked in the article calling out three performers in “Blue Jasmine,” for which Allen was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay.

Blanchett spoke briefly when asked about the letter Saturday night, after winning an award at the Santa Barbara Film festival, with a diplomatic sidestep.

“It's been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace,” she said.

Lena Dunham, star of the HBO TV series “Girls” applauded Dylan Farrow on Twitter.

Roman Polanski victim Samantha Geimer also tweeted her support of Farrow:


Meanwhile Sony Pictures Classics, the longtime distributor of the films of Woody Allen, on Sunday stood by the director.

“We have had a long, productive and rewarding relationship with Mr. Allen,” SPC said in a statement. “This is a very complicated situation and a tragedy for everyone involved. Mr. Allen has never been charged in relationship to any of this, and therefore deserves our presumption of innocence. “Films are major efforts of collaboration. There are scores of artists and crafts people behind Blue Jasmine. We support and celebrate their extraordinary work here, and count Blue Jasmine as a major achievement of Mr. Allen's career.”

SPC has distributed Allen's last seven films, including “Blue Jasmine” and is handling his next movie, “Magic in the Moonlight.”

Also read: Cate Blanchett Responds to Woody Allen Sex Abuse Charges — But Will It Hurt Her Oscar Chances?

A spokesman for the producers of Allen's “Bullets Over Broadway,” slated to open in March, didn't immediately have a comment Sunday.

Dylan Farrow has been heartened by the supportive feedback she has received so far, according to Nicholas Kristof, on whose blog the letter was posted. “She's really heartened by the response and support she's getting,” Nicholas Kristof told People. “She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence.”

Dylan, now 28, married and living in Florida under a different name,  took a huge step coming forward, said Kristof. “She was nervous about what the reaction would be to an essay so personal, but she put herself out there.”

Allen has his supporters. Farrow's letter comes a week after a friend of Allen's, Robert B. Weide, wrote a long article in the Daily Beast defending the director's past, and three weeks after the Golden Globes honored Woody Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. At the Globes ceremony, Emma Stone and Diane Keaton spoke about Allen, with Keaton claiming that he had a four-decade career of writing strong female characters. “One hundred seventy-nine of the most captivating actresses have appeared in Woody's films, because they wanted to,” she said.

Samantha Geimer, who has forgiven Polanski for allegedly raping her at 13, rejected the idea of a boycott of Allen's movies. “Either you're going to say you separate the art from the artist or you're not,” she said in a taped interview with the Huffington Post. “If you don't like his movies and they creep you out, don't see them. If you don't like him, don't see his movies.

Also read: Woody Allen Fires Back on Dylan Farrow Molestation Allegations: ‘Untrue, Disgraceful’

“I think it's kind of a personal choice, what you spend your money on,” she continued. “I don't think anybody has a place to forgive him but his own family. As far as a public boycott, I think we should save that for public corporations that are doing harm, not artists who make movies.” It's not a new issue for Hollywood. The allegations were initially made back in 1992, when Farrow initially claimed that Allen molested her after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

Allen, who has long denied the allegations, has been investigated on child molestation allegations but never charged.

  • rose528

    have never liked old woody nor do I watch any movie he is associated with. Mia told the world way back when that he had molested Dylan but the big wigs wanted to make money so they over looked this pedophile's crimes

    • brainford

      It's probably because he was innocent. With all due respect, the Farrow family seems to be one of the most dysfunctional families of all time, and the tradition continues.

      • USAone

        So what does that mean? Children from dysfunctional families cant be molested?

        • brainford

          Sure, especially when there is a child molester within the ranks of the family itself: Mia Farrow's younger brother – John Viller-Farrow. He was just sent to jail last month. I have a feeling this has more to do with him than Woody Allen

  • AndyWarhorse

    Blue Jasmine is crap

  • Momsunite

    Why this would come as a shock to anyone is beyond me. After all this is a “man”, and I use the term loosely, who married his adopted daughter. One must assume that he bathed and burped and fed Soon Ye as a child, but when she became “nubile” he saw her as a sex object. One might even presume that he was “grooming” her as any other sexual deviant does. Believing Dylan is not a stretch in light of the Soon Ye, situation.

    With regard to his “art” never liked it, never will.

    • cornbred

      Well, you know what assuming does…you have all of the facts wrong regarding Soon Yi. I clearly don't know what happened with Dylan and Woody, and if he did what he's accused of, that's terrible and he deserves prison time. But something that personally outrages me is when the internet becomes a lynch mob based on faulty information (which seems to be happening every day). So here's an excerpt from Robert Weide's article detailing the Woody/Soon Yi situation:

      Every time I stumble upon this topic on the internet, it seems the
      people who are most outraged are also the most ignorant of the facts.
      Following are the top ten misconceptions, followed by my response:

      #1: Soon-Yi was Woody’s daughter. False.

      #2: Soon-Yi was Woody’s step-daughter. False.

      #3: Soon-Yi was Woody and Mia’s adopted daughter. False. Soon-Yi was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and André Previn. Her full name was Soon-Yi Farrow Previn.

      #4: Woody and Mia were married. False.

      #5: Woody and Mia lived together. False.
      Woody lived in his apartment on Fifth Ave. Mia and her kids lived on
      Central Park West. In fact, Woody never once stayed over night at Mia’s
      apartment in 12 years.

      #6: Woody and Mia had a common-law marriage. False. New York
      State does not recognize common law marriage. Even in states that do, a
      couple has to cohabitate for a certain number of years.

      #7: Soon-Yi viewed Woody as a father figure. False. Soon-Yi saw Woody as her mother’s boyfriend. Her father figure was her adoptive father, André Previn.

      #8: Soon-Yi was underage when she and Woody started having relations. False. She was either 19 or 21. (Her year of birth in Korea was undocumented, but believed to be either 1970 or ’72.)

      #9: Soon-Yi was borderline retarded. Ha! She’s smart as a whip, has a degree from Columbia University and speaks more languages than you.

      #10: Woody was grooming Soon-Yi from an early age to be his child bride. Oh,come on! According to court documents and Mia’s own memoir, until 1990 (when Soon-Yi was 18 or 20), Woody “had little to do with any of the
      Previn children, (but) had the least to do with Soon-Yi” so Mia
      encouraged him to spend more time with her. Woody started taking her to
      basketball games, and the rest is tabloid history. So he hardly “had his
      eye on her” from the time she was a child.

      • joy

        She was UNDERAGE! True!

      • Cleopatra

        … so that gives him the green light to marry his ex-wife's daughter!

        • ams1000

          omg, did you even read what you are replying to?

      • maiaexpat

        while you have a write to reinsert the truism that Psrvin was not Allen's daughter, your enraged defense and your post seems to completely disregard the fact that:

        1. Previn was his long-time girlfriend's daughter – one he knew since she was 10 and thus, yes, grow up … this is a transgression of such immoral magnitudes that it leaves one speechless

        2. Farrow was no ordinary girlfriend – she was also his co-parent and mother to 3 children of his own … so not only did he betray a romantic partner, he betrayed the mother of his children WITH THEIR OWN SISTER!!!

        3. There's a lot to be suspicious of with Previn herself, of course … although, in my view, considering how young she was at the time her own horrifying behavior sheds more light on Mia Farrow's possibly dysfunctional parenting. After all, what kind of daughter, adopted or otherwise, has a secret sexual affair with their mother's long-time partner, a man who is also the father of some of her own siblings?! Freud would stir in his grave … can anyone only imagine the mix of rage, resentment, envy, jealousy and god knows what else must have been stirring inside that girl for ages? A vulnerability that Creep Woody Allen, of course, simply exploited — likely not even in a fully conscious sense but as a result of his own creepy malfunction.

      • Elroy

        Thanks for the input Woody…..

    • Cleopatra

      Karma happens. It is not over 'till it's over. The script for “his movie” is still being written. The recent past is a good example of one who thought he had escaped prosecution for child molestation. God takes his own time but when he does act……there will be no Hollywood to save him.

  • Jamison

    I find it very interesting that harmless talented women like Gwyneth Paltrow , Anne Hathaway , & Taylor Swift are constantly vilified and bashed by the media and over the internet While old , nasty , & disgusting men like Woody Allen , Alec Baldwin , Mel Gibson , Phil Spector , & Roman Polanski get a free pass and are highly respected for their unforgivable behavior . It really is a man's world .

    • maiaexpat

      or: a Creepy Man's world.

  • cudakite

    Anyone supporting child rapist are, in my opinion, extremely suspect themselves.

    • brainford

      What a lowlife comment. Please bring back the Salem witchtrials. It would make good reality TV. And, btw, thanks for your faith in the American legal system that threw out this case 20 years ago.

  • USAone

    What do you expect from Hollywood? They'll ridicule anybody or anything they're against. They just wont criticize one of their own. Look at Polanski, they still speak highly of him even though he's a child rapist.



    • AlexHalavais


      I do not think those words mean what you think that they mean.

  • IronGiant

    If she had written that Woody Allen called her “the n-word”, the papers would be filled with this story….. but abuse…. meh…. The love of money does rotten things to people.

  • TallTom2

    OK, so I've been tentatively defending Mr. Allen for some time, but he has to take legal action, now, or there is no longer any defense possible. I think there is good reason to believe he's been the subject of false accusations and even that his daughter's memories are less than accurate, but now she is a grown woman accusing him of an incredibly heinous crime in a major newspaper – if she's lying (intentionally or not) she needs to be confronted with it. Mr. Allen must sue her for libel — for her own sake, if what she is saying is untrue — or he will simply be acknowledging the validity of what she is saying. If he doesn't do this, then he is tacitly admitting his guilt.

  • maiaexpat

    Cheap-shots journalism, what?!

    First off: “Samantha Geimer, who has forgiven Polanski for allegedly raping her at 13…” – FALSE. Nothing “alleged” about Polanski's crime: it was pedophile rape, pure and simple.

    Secondly: by including Geimer's POV (which, to me, has zero relevance) you're facetiously perpetuating 2 awful beliefs – one, that Allen DID molest his daughter (and quit labeling her “adopted”–this has nothing to do with it, other than excluding biological incest) by logically paralleling Geimer and Dylan Farrow. And two, that in this case, even if it's true that Allen molested her, she should “forgive” him, as Geimer did (although Polanski at least wasn't her father…) and get on with things.

    Also, ever heard of Stockholm Syndrome? Pretty much sums up the unfortunate Samantha Geimer, in my book.

    And none of this is to say that I believe 100% in Woody Allen's guilt — after all, e was not convicted. He is, however, a creep and apparently always was. And as a woman, I'll always be weary and suspicious of creeps.

  • ming_mow

    goodbye Sony Pictures Classics only sickos will watch your film now, it will be a flopfest. unless you drop the creepy Pedo Woody

  • Elroy

    Liberal Hollywood is anything but “liberal”. If this poor girl was a seal or from Sudan or if Woody was spewing too much CO2 or closed a lane to the GW bridge – the Hollywood elite would be up in arms but “lay on your stomach” and all those pontificating voices fall silent. Poor girl. Shame on you Hollywood.

  • Patrick Fitzsimmons

    Imagine being called a child molester then doing absolutely nothing about it, legally.If he is innocent he should take everyone to court who calls him a child molester and destroy them, but personally I don't think that will ever happen.

  • Animalzoo4

    Why are these actors defending Woody Allen? I believe that since he's got, pretty much, high status in this industry, he is able to employ them in his movies to help boost their careers. Mia Farrow might have done things in her past but she dealt with adults and only adults. Woody Allen engaged with the wrong age group. Roman Polanski did the same thing and actually got away with it. I'm sure they're many more powerful moguls in the industry that are taking advantage of children. It needs to stop!