It's Time to Shun Woody Allen (Guest Blog)

It's Time to Shun Woody Allen (Guest Blog)

“I'm boycotting the bastard. I owe it to every child who is abused by an authority figure”

I'll never watch another Woody Allen film again.

That hurts. From “What's Up Tiger Lily” to “Blue Jasmine,” I've been a fan, advocate of his world view, evangelist of his art — but no more.

After reading Dylan Farrow's op-ed in the New York Times where she alleges, in shocking detail, the sexual abuse that she suffered from Woody — my disgust will override any fandom feelings that may linger. A seven-year-old child's innocence and life force was murdered by Woody, again allegedly, and we respond to that with more adulation and awards for a great filmmaker, and a twisted, decrepit human being.

I'm totally behind Nicholas Kristof for publishing Farrow's open letter. I applaud Dylan Farrow's strength and honesty. However, what I really admire is her timing. On the eve of the final round of voting for the Oscars, Allen and those in his orbit will hopefully feel a tiny bit of the shame that sexual abuse causes — not only to the victim, but to those who enable the person and the act by looking the other way. Shame on us. Justice will come on the wings of revenge, and hopefully the industry will shun Woody and drive him further into his own isolated psyche that has become an odd trademark of his public persona and work. The misfit, the schlemiel, the arbiter of self-loathing who “wouldn't join a country club that would allow a guy like him in it.”

Self deprecating? How about self loathing.

Woody's latest film, “Blue Jasmine,” has been nominated for three Oscars. Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), best supporting actress (Sally Hawkins) and best original screenplay (Woody Allen).

Guess what? Everyone mentioned above is toast. The revulsion elicited by Dylan Farrow's darkly detailed assertions will not play well in the hearts and minds of those who can vote anonymously. In this case anonymity will be the fuel for realization, much like alcohol inspires blunt honesty. The recent memory of Diane Keaton waxing effusively in a meandering and un-focused suck-up about the talent and worth of Woody Allen, fully knowing (according to Dylan Farrow) of what went down, is enough to turn the stomachs of even the most jaded industry A-Lister or studio exec.

It's time to shun Woody Allen. When you look the other way at the dark side of genius, you become culpable in the crime. I was for years. I recently cut one person out of my life who had abused someone who I love very much. I dug hanging around this guy, even when the rumors and one of his drunken admissions pointed to a sick history of repetitive child abuse. Until I had a heart-to-heart talk with this beautiful woman, the subject of his abuse, who had achieved things in her life that other people dream about, married a wonderful man, and was raising a family — while a horror movie was looping in her mind, always there, always pervasive — I knew what had to be done. I wanted no part of this person, and prayed that karma would catch up and do what I didn't have the balls to do myself.

So why not Woody Allen? Why did I continue to go to his movies, quote his famous lines, screen “What's Up Tiger Lily” as an example of comedic genius? The answer is simple. It is more comfortable to look the other way.

No more. I'm boycotting the bastard. I owe it to every child who is abused by an authority figure. I owe it to the broken souls who will spend the rest of their lives trying to get back on track. I owe it to the children of those abused who question the intermittent sadness in their parents. I owe it to myself as a human being. I owe it to the young girl who told me she wanted to be an RAF Pilot over 20 years ago, and eclipsed that lofty goal through sheer will and brilliance, in spite of the abuse that she was suffering at the hands of someone that I considered a friend.

When you abuse a child, you murder innocence. We know what ultimately happens to murderers.

  • ballewal

    Thank you for writing this.

    • Glorious_Cause

      Thank you Richard for this article. Woody Allen needs to be swept into the dustbin of history.

  • Cassie

    Big “AMEN” . . . well said.

    • Jon Douglas

      It can't be said strong enough—you need to get your facts straight before forming an opinion. After everything I've read below, none of you really have a grasp on reality and the why's and wherefores of how we come to believe something as a child and carry it into adulthood. The mind is a fragile instrument and subject to all kinds of wrongly planted input. Juries are notorious for getting it wrong as are friends and relatives.
      The Innocent project took under advisement forty two men in prison, using DNA found at the crime scene to find out the 30 of them were in jail doing time for a crime they did not commit, that's nearly 75 percent.

  • J.H.

    Thank you.

  • thatwritingchic

    I had been saying the same thing about R. Kelly before the Village Voice wrote a similar, albeit intrinsicly detailed piece about him. Why do so many people find it easy to turn a blind eye to entertainers? No matter how famous you are, children are children and wrong is wrong. Woody Allen has ALWAYS creeped me out.

    • Ed

      Please read the article “The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast.” Google it. It's long but interesting. When you read it you'll see why the comparison to R. Kelly holds NO water whatsoever. There was video of R. Kelly. On the other hand, Mia Farrow took her daughter to two doctors within two weeks after the alleged assault took place, and bot concluded there was absolutely no physical evidence of assault. Child psychologists deemed Dylan's testimony felt “false” and “coached,” and was incredibly inconsistent. Woody Allen undertook and passed a lie detector when the allegations were first made; Mia Farrow was offered numerous times but refused every offer. I have a four year old; if she was abused and my taking a lie detector test would help keep the investigation going I'd walk around with one strapped to my fucking back 24 hours a day. Here's something recent: Mia Farrow and her son started the recent outrage against Allen by tweeting during the Golden Globes tribute, by which she was so incredibly outraged; when the producers were putting the video montage together they contacted Farrow to ask her permission to use footage of her from The Purple Rose of Cairo. Why the hell would someone give permission for their image to be used in a tribute to the man they claim abused their child??? It doesn't make sense. I believe Dylan believes she was abused, 100%… But I don't trust Farrow at all. My heart breaks for Dylan, but to me it seems pretty obvious that her mother has used her to try and destroy the man who humiliated her. That's the terrible part.

      • Brent Rocksen FLASHXPRESS

        Thank You ! Woody is an honorable man & filmaker !!

        • Mark

          Your an idiot and an accessory to an abuser there is no honor in the man, he is sick and anyone who supports him needs their a.. Beat. All pedafiles need to be put on an island and left for dead!

          • Brent Rocksen FLASHXPRESS

            There was no medical proof ?!
            Also, usually people who use the term “diot” when they are outta fuel are really themselves that adjective & more !!

          • mheister

            Correct. There was no medical evidence of abuse.

      • OL

        Thats why he had no visitation rights Allen NEVER took a Lied Detector he had more money and Power and a frightened Girl he Married the other Little girl HIS “adopted SEX SLAVE” he is her Grandfathers age, to make it look like Mia was jealous. The guy is scum he did it was not allowed to see his Daughter. He continued to adopt Children to molest.

        • ob

          This is a bad example. To marry your adopted daughter is tantamount to incest. Class prerogative is playing here. I have daughters and I don't like the implication of this case.

          • DougW

            Soon Yi is not Woody's adopted daughter.

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          • jdk47

            Close enough.

      • Diane Bliss

        Ed, I read the article you refer to and I'm not convinced. When we discount the direct testimony of survivors of sexual abuse in favor of the abusers’ public presentation, we are merely being conned by the slick outward presentation of these predators and allowing pedophiles to continue to evade justice. All abusers deny the allegations against them, even when the evidence is overwhelming. When will a survivor's testimony be *enough* for you?

        • DougW

          Because it's not. That's why our court system has a prosecution and a defense and a jury to listen to both, not just to one side. Look what happened recently with the accusations made against the Duke Lacrosse team.

      • OL

        Her Mother may have used her, I am no Fan of Mia But from Observing Allen's interactions with Dylan I have to say it was beyond creepy. Woody Allen's despicable PORN PICS of The adopted daughter Soon Yi (he is her Grandfathers age). Was caught when she was 17 years old when did this 58 or 59 year old Man start having sex with his Step Daughter Soon Yi Known for having serious learning disabilities.who knows The pictures are proof he is indeed a pedophile anyone who states anything else is lying and probably believes its OK to Rape Children .I think they are both Pedophiles and that's why Mia adopted .Children and Woody is just one of her children. She allowed incredible disgusting behavior to go on between Dylan and Allen. at her own admittance.There are TONS of Pictures showing Woody Allen with a very tiny Soon YI at Ballgames she looks 4 years old sitting on his lap.

      • J. Kelley

        If Dylan was coached, why would the judge in the custody case give Mia custody? Obviously, the judge felt there was enough to deny Allen access.

        Time has passed and Allen's people thought that memories have faded enough for him to finally try and attain the degree of fame he feels he deserves. You can't rewrite history.

        Putting the Dylan case aside for a moment, the Soon-Yi situation can't be ignored. How did Mia find out? From naked photos in his apt. Is it possible that Allen married her to silence the scandal? Possibly. Is he a pervert or someone who made a poor decision? Marrying her would put this in a gray enough area for those who don't want to believe.

        Don't drink the Kool-Aid. The only ones who are brainwashed are the ones who believe nothing happened.

        • GetReal

          Allen's people forgot that the scandal wasn't merely an illicit affair or a scuffle with the paparazzi. It wasn't even about marrying a very young sorta-stepdaughter. It was about a sad-faced little girl who had no choice as to what happened to her.

      • OL

        Mia Farrow IF THAT'S TRUE is Not Relevant Dylan Farrow wrote a letter and I believe her. That's it .Woody Allen and Mia Farrow both are Morally Bankrupt ,but The Girl stated very specific things that could not have been fabricated. The Emotion behind the letter was true. You can smell a fire, taste a piece of fruit, hear music, know what is authentic in that context,the emotions behind Dylan's letter were of a girl sexually abused by her Father. The Pain was real not Fabricated. I think because of this she can heal.Woody and Mia are both pathetic Dylan did a great service to abused children she spoke the truth.

      • Sadieland

        Thanks for your input. I hope people read Allen's reply to the accusations. I honestly believe that Ms. Farrow is out to destroy Mr. Allen. Sad.

      • Will

        The Daily Beast story that the Allen defenders are so enthusiastically quoting is so flawed it would be funny if the whole thing weren't so tragic.

        The lie detector thing is an excellent example: Allen passed a lie detector taken by his own team –not one administered by the police– that has absolutely no validity. Farrow was never asked by the police to take a polygraph; it was Allen who asked her to take one and she refused. I don't know about you, but if the man who abused my child asked me to take a lie detector, I wouldn't only refuse. I'd tell him to put it up his rectum.

        Then there's the testimony of the nanny, whose salary was paid by Woody Allen, who said the allegations weren't true. Why would someone paid by Woody Allen side with Woody Allen? Tough one.

        So on, and so forth. The author of that piece is Bob Weide, whose Twitter photo is one of him with Woody Allen. It's nothing more than a piece written by a Woody Allen fanboy. Read the court documents on the case and you'll see Allen in a much darker light than his side is claiming.

    • mheister

      Creeping you out personally and being guilty of a reprehensible act are two entirely different things.

  • Jade

    good, thanks for letting us know.

  • Jade

    Oh you will, you hypocrite, you will!

  • Armond White is my master now

    We are talking about a man which married his adopted daughter. Seriously, is anyone surprised?

    • Calmdown

      Soon-Yi was NOT his adopted daughter. Get your facts straight.

      • OL

        Common he was her stepfather he was the companion to Mia Farrow. There are numerous pics of them together when Soon Yi was a child. That's a silly technicality She was adopted by Previn and Mia but she had NO relationship with Previn and Woody was her physical Stepfather who gives a crap about who was on the adoption papers. Woody Allen molested her for years . He got caught when she was 17.. Why are Mia and Woody allowed to adopt Children Thats my question.

        • Calmdown

          No, Woody was NOT her stepfather. Again, get your facts straight, people! Although he dated Mia they were never married, they never lived together, and Woody NEVER ONCE stayed overnight at Mia's apartment during their entire relationship. (Meanwhile, Mia was still shagging Frank Sinatra while she was dating Woody.) Woody & Soon-Yi are happily married over 20 years now and have 2 adopted children together. Why not just calm down and stay out of other people's business? Especially when you aren't involved and don't know all the details.

          • OL

            I dont Care about Mia or Sinatra Soon Yi was His LOVERS Daughter he interacted with her a s a Father Defending him is pathetic LOOK AT HIM COMMON he is a PEDOPHILE! I Happily Married What can she do?? she will inherit his money if she remains quiet! He probably molested her for years also I am sure that Dylan was not the only victim Woody is a degenerate its in his films written on his Face He has adopted more children typical!!! He is a Road Map to PEDOPHILIA.

    • MP

      Yeah, she was Andre Previn's adopted daughter. By Farrow's own admission (in her autobiography) Allen had very little to do with Soon-Yi. But here is a good example of the problem with the world: Ignorant people with no interest in educating themselves form strong opinions about things they know nothing about.

      • Leslie

        So in your opinion then, there's no problem with taking nude photos of a girl that his long-term (together 12 years) girlfriend was raising as her daughter and that he had acted as a role-model (father-figure) to In the years previous to those? That's totally normal. No alarms, no problems there?

        • ramcduff

          Everyone – including Farrow – concurred that Allen was never a father figure to Soon-Yi, and spent no time with her until she was of age. Facts are important.

          • Leslie

            Okay, so lets check the timeline… Provided by Internet sources (math done on my own) Farrow adopted Soon-yi at 8 – so 1978. Farrow began dating Woody they say 1980, he meets Soon-Yi at 10, but he's not her father because she's been adopted. 12 years later, they are having sex and taking nude pics together (he's cheating on Farrow, with her adopted daughter behind her back.) Now I'm not going to PRETEND to know the details of ANYONE'S relationship because that would be speculative AT best. But I don't actually have to be a rocket scientist or have anyone else tell me, that when two people date for 12 years, they do come in contact with one another's family, children and friends. It would be NEARLY impossible to go 12 years with dating someone and NOT build SOME sort of relationship with their children. Good, bad, ugly, father-figure, whatever…. NO ONE can sell us the line that those two NEVER came in contact. So let me ask again, at what age do you think the “mutual sexual attraction” began between Woody and the ten year old girl? And at what age do you think Soon-Yi began to HEAVILY desire Woody Allen to the point of taking nude photos behind the back of the woman who raised her out of poverty?

          • OL

            I think it started very young probably 3 from the way Dylan looked and from his own remark in The Film “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” He states The Last time I was inside a woman was the Statue of Liberty then The Camera immediately for a brief moment has a closeup of DYLAN age 3 or 4 this was many many years prior to the allegations. I remember the sick feeling in my stomach that this was weird.and when the allegations were public years later I had no doubt.

          • mtmla

            The pictures were taken when she was 13/14 yrs. old. Maybe the sex started much earlier… Disgusting. They adopted 2 girls. I wonder what he does to those girls…

          • OL

            No sorry lots of Pictures of Him with Soon yi as a child Bullshit its in The Lax Biography.

      • OL

        In A Biography written in Lax The 80s with Allen's Permission LOTS OF PICS with him and the Child Soon YI in Europe Vacations. No sorry this guy is guilty as sin.He could not see his daughter so WHY?? No visitation. He had the MONEY Hollywood Friends to block Farrow. She felt this would harm her daughter more. at the Time the Son hates him too. He had Graphic DISGUSTING pics of his Stepdaughter then he married her at an attempt to make Mia Farrow look like a woman scorned. He is an UGLY PIG can only rape children who would sleep with this gross rodent, Does he look like a MAN no he looks like a pedophile.

  • JustAskin

    Guilty by accusation? Maybe he did it, but I sure hope not. An angry mother (who comes across as more than a little loopy, in my opinion) can easily convince a 7 year old of just about anything. Didn't officials investigate this to death at the time and find no evidence to support it?

    • outraged

      they prosecutor found evidence he just stated the child was too fragile to endure a trial

      • jhs39

        And where exactly did you here that?

      • ThijsvanHouwelingen

        Bullcr#p

      • JH

        Yeah, that's a lie. In actual fact, the words used by the prosecutor to explain why there were no charges laid were “no credible evidence.”

      • JonnyMaya

        That is not correct because Allen was never charged with a crime, since investigative authorities never found credible evidence to support Mia’s (and Dylan’s) claim

      • Glorious_Cause

        All you Allen defenders are truly sick people.

    • Stuart W

      Finally a voice of temperance from an individual, unlike the author of this piece, who doesn't feel personally affronted by these negative charges and to date unsupported allegations. There is process required here in suppressing a leap to judgement when an auditor is so personally enraged that he's unable to take a complete breath prior to acting out. Reviewing the known quantities of Woody's life and works he deserves the opportunity to respond with his statement of what is factual and what is false. As recalled, that is what this beloved country of ours is all about.

    • Kathy Parker

      I do think his behavior with Soon-Yi gives Dylan MUCH credibility. Woody is a sick man, and should get help. It took great courage for Dylan to speak out, and she will get more support than not.

      • mheister

        Soon-Yi was of age when the relationship started. Allen was not a parent, step parent or parental figure in Soon-Yi's life. That was Andre Previn. If you think the age difference is an issue, then you're probably also disgusted by Rod Stewart and a host of other musicians, but that would be your problem.

        • Leslie

          You are blatantly ignoring the fact that this younger girl, who Allen was cheating with, was also the daughter of his then girlfriend. Tsk tsk cheating, tsk tsk, younger/older couples – oh so taboo! NO we are talking about the DAUGHTER of his longtime girlfriend, WHO was underage, WHO he was cheating with. If that's normal to you – I pray you don't have kids and that this situation never happens to your young children.

          Furthermore I wonder about the character of any person who can make THAT relationship rational in today's society.

          • mheister

            Inappropriate, to be sure. I can understand why Mia was angry. Not anything I'd ever do. But then, if I was Woody and I saw the boy who's supposedly my biological son growing up looking a helluva lot like Ol’ Blue Eyes, I probably would have dumped Mia like yesterday's cheating lying garbage. Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi has always been part of this equation, because Mia was happy to have Allen legally adopt Dylan a freaking month before Mia discovered the naked pictures in Allen's apartment, even though the Vanity Fair piece states quite clearly that there was an unspoken rule at the Farrow household not to leave Allen alone with Dylan, and that unspoken rule was in place for two years. So what kind of parent purposely opens up her young daughter to that kind of danger??? The Vanity Fair piece says Mia was always very strong and adult and all that from a very young age, but later says Allen controlled her life and manipulated her and made her feel worthless as an actress and the only person who'd want her in a movie is him. So which is it??? These kinds of questions make me question the VF piece, and lead me to suspect Dylan was coached. Prosecutors won't move on a case unless they think they can prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The VF piece alone would be enough for even a middling defense attorney to eat the prosecutors’ lunch.

          • breandan

            If Allen's cheating on Farrow upsets you then I'm sure you are disgusted to find that Farrow now proudly declares she can be sure who the father of Ronan is. LONG before the allegations about Dylan and LONG before Allen started with Soon-Yi, Farrow was having sex with the man she used to call Uncle Frank and later husband.

        • Sophie

          Who cares? What kind of inbred defence is that? Woody Allen's seven year old daughter was Soon Yi's sister. How do you think it made that poor child feel?

        • Kathy Parker

          I do not have a problem with the age difference, but I do have a problem with the boundaries that Woody crossed. His comment “the heart wants what the heart wants” really should have been “the penis wants what the penis wants”.

    • Mark

      The DA had all the evidence he needed but the family convinced him it would be too hard on the kids so he dropped it. Allen was a stepfather to Sun Ye for over 10 years then had an affair with her when she was 20 his step daughter!!! Mia farrow was Frank Sinatra's true love so why on earth would she ever be a scorned lover??? She was disgusted because she found out the truth and these are the true facts. So support woody and support abuse because it is hard to admit when you've been wrong and easy to look the other way!

  • Calmdown

    Calm down. Woody Allen has not been convicted of anything. Next you'll be burning him at the stake.

    • Roger Cotton

      Funny. If the person is a Liberal Hollywood Icon, we're supposed to give him the benefit of every doubt. Despite evidence and testimony.

      • JustAskin

        I kind of thought everyone was supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Google Roger Cotton and there is a whole bit about practicing witchcraft. Lucky for you it's not 1692 Salem old boy.

      • JH

        Two doctors that were picked by Farrow said that there was no evidence
        any sexual assault took place. (One examined the girl within two days of the abuse and the other within two weeks…) The video made by Farrow was, according
        to a housekeeper, shot over many days because Farrow was unhappy with
        what the girl was saying. Also, two of Farrow's housekeepers told police
        that Farrow had approached them about saying they had seen Allen in
        inappropriate situations with Dylan, and both refused because they hadn't seen Allen in inappropriate situations with Dylan. I am a Woody Allen fan, but first and foremost I'm the dad of a four year old, and if Allen was ever proved guilty I'd be the first to string him up; to me, Farrow has always seemed like she's lying in this case.

        • mtmla

          He definitely sexually abused a very young Soon Yi Previn and took nude pictures when she was 13/14.Prob

          • Sophie

            I don't think Soon Yi was that young when the photos were taken. But Woody had two very young children, who had to deal with their father dating, and then marrying their sister!

      • David

        Everybody is innocent until proven guilty, liberal or conservative.

  • outraged

    eloquently said…Woody Allen has gotten away with a heinous crime and in its wake destroyed the innocence of a child. Never ever should he aclaimed, honured..to do so is closing our eyes to his heinous actions. For anyone in the industry that closed their eyes this means you Diane Keaton shame shame shame. I am outraged that this piece of slime has been honoured by the film industry. It took courge for Ms Farrow to write in detail what was done to her and I admire her strength and courage.

    • mtmla

      And now the articles about what happened then between WA and SY are changing her age at the time of the pictures and when they started a relationship. This is done to protect WA.

  • Kathy Parker

    I am boycotting the bastard with you. But we do need to remember he is a sick man. Very sick.

    • Caley McGuire

      Would you care to cite your own credentials that support your expert assessment?

      • OL

        Actually I have studied Child abuse specifically Sexual and incest etc. This is classic. Woody Allen is a powerful Director with a lot of Money. Lets be Real the guy is guilty as sin.

  • LD

    Eloquent! I applaud your decision! I stopped watching Allen's films when the charges against him surfaced and he married Soon Yi

  • Manitobaman

    Before someone gets a rope, I would urge everyone to read Robert Weide's long Daily Beast article “The Woody Allen Allegations:Not So Fast ” This is a very complex case involving a difficult subject.

    • Michele

      As someone who spent my childhood fending off child predators (I was one of those hippie-raised latchkey kids, with little adult supervision), Dylan's words are powerful, relatable and not something only a child who experienced what she did would know. Weide is just another sick justifier, trying to prop up a pervert. Wake up!

      • Michele

        I meant: And only something a child who experienced what she did would know.

        • Common Sense

          Two doctors chosen by Farrow at the time found zero evidence of sexual assault. Two child psychologists chosen by the District Attorney found that Dylan's testimony at the time came off as coached and false, giving answers to questions like “I can't remember what my mommy told me.” Dylan's testimony now sounds very much like it could be the result of someone growing up being told that they were molested.

          You sound like you had a rough childhood, and you have my empathy for that. Your parents clearly failed you, but that doesn't give you psychic insight into what other people went through or didn't.

          Read the facts (including Farrow's own autobiography) and use common sense instead. Common sense in this case shots out loud that Farrow has manipulated her children to get back at the man who left her and humiliated her.

          • More than common sense?

            Does anybody understand that sexual abuse can occur without physical evidence. Do you know what physical evidence of a sexual assault in a child is? It tearing, bruising, semen, etc. There are ways to sexually assault a child without leaving any of that.

          • OL

            In most cases that have been prosecuted of children there was no Physical evidence. Many Pedophiles are very careful for instance in the pre-verbal stage. I have no doubt about Woody Allen and YES MIA FARROW is just as screwed up But what Dylan was molested by Woody Allen just read her letter

      • mheister

        Michele – Never mind the six-month investigation with teams of top flight lawyers and child psychology professionals on both sides, with the police being extra extra careful with everything because it was a high-profile case?

      • Hazel

        I am very sorry that you had to fend off predators when you were a child; however, your experiences do not make Dylan's story true. Your experiences may, however, color how you feel about her story.

        I don't know if she was abused. I do know that there is very little to support her story other than a tape her mother made…a mother who was very angry toward Dylan's father. I have no doubt Dylan believes what she is saying but that doesn't – without substantial, credible evidence – make what she is saying true.

  • jhs39

    I'm not a Woody Allen fan anymore but I really have a lot of problems with this piece. First of all, Woody Allen was never charged with, let alone convicted of child abuse. Without knowing the individuals personally I find it more than a little hard to believe that Soon-Yi would have lived with Allen if she had seriously believed that he molested her little sister. I also find the fact that Mia Farrow, Roman Farrow and Dylan Farrow are all engaging in what is obviously a coordinated campaign against Allen many years after the alleged incident occurred more than a little suspect.

    Woody Allen is not R Kelley. There is no video of him having sex with an underage girl. He has also never been found to possess child pornography, unlike Kelly and he has never married an underage girl, unlike Kelly.

    Woody is also not Roman Polanski. He didn't drug and sodomize his young daughter, but the Hollywood outrage at Polanski is literally non-existent. According to Hollywood Roman Polanski is the real victim even though he never served a single day in jail because he can't work in Hollywood.

    If the allegations against Woody Allen are true they are terrible–but the fact is, if the allegations against Woody Allen are true the Farrow family should have done something about about them way before now. These aren't poor powerless people who have no voice–the fact that they are making this an issue now after so much time should make people pause before deciding to join the lynch mob.

    • OL

      I was around when The Allegations Broke I happen to Think The Mother is WEIRD TOO. BUT not the daughter. Woody Allen is an obvious pedophile Mia should have known. He is CLASSIC. The disgusting pictures of Soon Yi were enough not to leave out his obvious sexual problems that he has flaunted ala Michael Jackson in his movies. The Guy has ZERO Masculinity. Severely Emotionally Arrested Development, is a Therapy Addict. The naval gazer mentality. When Man Focuses on himself he becomes a small package. His Sexuality is exactly that of a Pederast. Personally he is so disgusting looking who would sleep with him. He is a typical wrinkled up OLD boy.

      • Nick Martin

        Just because the guy is creepy looking doesn't make him guilty of being a pedophile and a pederast is pretty far from being a pedophile. Personally I think booth Woody and Mia are weirdos and both have some very unhealthy ideas about family and morality. Mia has had children with married men and broken up their marriages and driven the other wife insane. She seems bat$#t crazy.

        Mia and Woody's whole relationship from the start has been weird. I think the initial relationship with Soon Yi was creepy but not illegal. He never adopted her, wasn't her stepfather or father figure. They didn't even live in the same house. She reportedly was at boarding school for most of Woody and Mia's relationship. And now she's in her 40's and still married to him and they have kids so I guess love prevailed.

        I bet if Woody was Brad Pitt there wouldn't be all the hate!

      • Guest

        Michael Jackson was most likely not guilty of the things he was accused of doing. The man was a severely damaged “man-child” who had difficulty interacting with people, all people, of all ages. He was a recluse in his later life traumatized by the scars left by his father. Both his children were conceived of IVF, which says nothing in general, but when taking into account Jackson's emotional difficulties it is very likely that he died a virgin. (Read the New Yorker article of Jackson; I forget when exactly it came out but it was recently, like within the past year or two.) Brooke Shields spoke at Michael's funeral and said something to the effect of him being like a brother rather than “boyfriend.” She too has spoken out saying she felt sexually exploited as a child by that film Pretty Baby (was that a Polanski film, btw?).

        Woody Allen, on the other hand, is a different story. So is Polanski and so is R. Kelly.

      • disgruntledviewer

        Thanks for the evidence. With evidence like that he must be guilty. Your insight is appreciated. Why do we even need a presumption of innocence any more. Just get your opinion and lynch the suspect.

    • Leslie

      I'm going to say, it seems like there are a lot of possibly older people commenting on this blog, who can maybe remember this when it happened. So, I assume they are quick to jump on the guilty bandwagon and are causing a lot of people who are on the fence to say…. Hmmm. They are convicting before the trial.

      But as a girl who was, just a girl, when she read about the “relationship” between Woody and Soon-Yi, I must say I felt awkward and strange seeing that relationship as well, at the time. Too young to brand him anything, but obviously something not right there.

      Anyone who can say in all honesty, that that relationship is totally okay, probably has some issues. Cheating is one thing to forgive. Dating younger/older people, to each is own. But actually marrying and having sexual relations with your girlfriend's adopted daughter – whom you DEFINITELY came in contact with as a young girl – is right off of Jerry Springer and should send a message to people that something isn't right.

      Coupled with another allegation of sexual abuse that hasn't “gone away” for 20 years – no matter WHAT the reason is – should at a minimum send alarm bells to the public for such a celebrated film maker. Should we compare him to R.Kelly?! A known sexual predator – no. But there is a reason why a movie like 12 Years a Slave is so popular, because people want to hear the truth even if its taken too long.

    • Nick Martin

      And the crazy thing is, Mia Farrow supports and is friends with Polanski! Also her brother was just recently convicted of child molestation!

  • reliapundit

    wiki:

    Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed byWoody Allen from his screenplay co-written with Marshall Brickman and produced by Charles H. Joffe. Allen co-stars as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dating a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway).

    IT WAS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE IN 1979. I CONCLUDED THIS MOVIE WAS A VEILED HOMAGE TO PEDOPHILIA, I HAVE SHUNNED HIM EVER SINCE.

    • Michele

      I could never stomach “Manhattan.” He might as well have tattooed on his face, “I'm a child predator.” Sick.

      • Todd

        You're both idiots… I'd hate to see what you two geniuses would do to Todd Solondz after watching Happiness…

        • Sophie

          This isn't really a viable comparison. Todd succeeds in making his pedophile character a real human being, but nothing in the movie “Happiness” condones pedophilia, The film “Manhatten', – while not necessarily condoning pedophilia, does not present the relationship as any thing other than appropriate – if it is desired by the older man.

      • OL

        YES !!! I saw his movies as a child, Liked them they had a small audience New York Type of Culture I could relate too. But I always noticed something sick about his sexuality Never any Love just sex in a very immature fashion and also with very young partners. He never had any masculinity at all.

    • mheister

      I suppose you had the same problem with American Beauty? Lolita? BTW in many states in the US, as well as a lot of foreign countries, 17 is legal.

      • OL

        She caught him when The girl was 17 he was 58 when did it start try 3 or 4 years of age maybe 7 he was her stepfather look at woody allen common he is not a Man only capable of molesting children

      • Sophie

        American Beauty and Lolita are a critical examination of pedophilia (in the case of Lolita) and of the mid life crisis. They are completely different from Manhatten. Manhatten completely condones the relationship between a 42 year old and a 17 year old, and that's a major difference.

  • JonnyMaya

    Surely you should have done this back in 1992 when this first come to light. Hard you take your indignant, bastard ranting stance seriously given you are 22 years too late.

  • mr

    well, actually, nope. you owe victims of sexual abuse to take them seriously. you also owe persons who say they have been sexually abused serious. but you don't owe them to shun the criminal and you don't owe them to shun the work of the criminal. no criminal is only a criminal, he remains human and remains whatever he also was and is. and no artist is a great soul just because he does great things. great things can be done by horrible people. but the great things remain great things, that doesnt change because a person did something horrible and cruel. actually it would be “looking the other way” and making it simple for you to shun his art. it achieves nothing, helps no one and is just another way of looking away.

    • OL

      So why not a Museum dedicated to HITLER why not he was more of a genius then silly Woody Allen. can u imagine the anger in Hollywood over that. lets honor Hitler.

      • Guest

        Godwin's law. WTF does this have to do with Hitler? Actually, all those other bad things aside, even Hitler had ZERO TOLERANCE for pedophiles, FOR HIS OWN MEN EVEN. One glance at a kiddo and YOU were sent off to Auschwitz.

        Not that it makes Hitler a better person than Woody Allen (lest anyone call me an anti-Semite), but at least even he didn't have that flaw in his character. (Rumor had it he had been sexually abused by his Jewish stepfather and that was a major reason for his rabid, and now infamous, hatred of Jews.) But two wrongs don't make a right regardless of whether you're of the fascist right or the Hollywood left.

        • OL

          Neither My Point is that a Person who commits such Evil Acts should not be honored or given any awards. Didn't know about Hitler's Jewish Stepfather Interesting.

  • William Shakespeare

    “So why not Woody Allen?”

    Because he's probably innocent and you're a dupe for falling for a carefully coordinated smear campaign.

    • OL

      That's why he adopts young girls, had sex with a kid ,his step daughter Soon Yi took incredibly disgusting pictures of her.had NO visitation rights to see the daughter he molested. Beyond that look at him his movies they are a ROAD MAP to pedophilia it walks like a DUCK?? His Son hated him too He his a PEDERAST HOLLYWOOD LOVES PEDOPHILES!! he is one of Them

  • David

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • Leslie

    I'm interested to know why people think a little girl who grows into a 28-year-old woman, would carry this burden around for so long, just for vengeance and revenge for her mother? Do people really think someone would publicly admit for 20 years now that someone had molested them and just keep relieving it, without it being true? If you lied and they found no evidence in your ‘story', wouldn't you just move on and forget about it? No you would actually hold this story for 20 YEARS??! I just don't see a small child capable of such deceit. Something happened to that little girl – and by all means – guilty until proven innocent for Woody, but lets have a real trial here and all stop guessing. Personally if someone were accusing ME of child molestation (whether my GIANT reputation depended on it or not!) I would do EVERY thing I could to clear my name. I wouldn't hide from the spotlight for twenty years because I married my ex-girlfriend's daughter in a creepy way. If he is so justified in his actions, then lets get it alllll out in the open and stop being reclusive?! That would answer people's questions, but as it is anyone who just hides, and can't fight for themselves, their name, or their respect to me is asking for the haters and the critics and the torch-wielders. No one is going to just ‘give’ this story up, nor should they. Allen should fight for himself and prove himself innocent, the way any other person accused of a crime has to do in society. For me, if he can't do that better, this time, then I will join the people who will never again watch his films. With controversy like this, I must say I don't think his films are the greatest or most poignant of our time anyway, so it's not a difficult loss for me, unless he comes out the underdog.

    • Allyson

      How is he supposed to “prove” anything ?

      • Leslie

        First thing he could do is come out of his hermit shell and be proud of his “relationship” he built with Soon-Yi, you know stop hiding. That might show the world that he has some integrity and truly believes that what he did is okay. But he can't even accept an award these days. I imagine people harass him when he steps outside… If I were being harassed in that manner – I'd get out there and order an Oprah Winfrey/Lisa Ling/any major news media out let's interview and I'd set the record straight publicly. You know answer to the haters, as they say now adays. Only coward hide.

        Second thing he could do is take is daughter to court for defamation of character. Which if I were TRULY innocent I would absolutely have done to Mia Farrow or my adopted daughter, if they had relentlessly continued in this manner.

        One thing I would NOT do, is sit at home, and prepare some “writing” as an answer to a 20 year old child molestation accusation against me, my name and all the work I've built for decades.

        • wr

          So he should prove his innocence by going on awards shows so you can watch him on TV? He has never done these publicity things. He didn't show up to collect his Oscar for Annie Hall. Why he should go on Oprah just so people like you can have an orgasm of self-righteousness about him is beyond me. Why don't you get your own life, instead of fantasizing about those of celebrities you'll never meet?

      • Josh

        Innocent until proven guilty, right?

        Keys words – proven. That's never happened. Until then, I'd say Woody has some work to do. If the above examples aren't enough, he's such a ‘remarkable, talented, extraordinary man’ whose been given a trillion awards, I'm SURE he could figure out a way – even through one of his films if necessary – to prove his innocence. Lord knows he's had enough time to come up with a solution!

        • disgruntledviewer

          Based on this article, he feels that Guilty until proven innocent should be the standard. Remember the McMartin case?Sound familiar?

        • Oliver

          What? How do you prove that you didn't molest someone? It's not like he has video of the day it supposedly occurred. Can you prove what you did or did not do twenty years ago? Not sure I would call him “remarkable, talented, extraordinary” but even if he were there is no way he could prove a negative and it would be particularly abhorrent if he addressed the subject in one of his movies. As far as I'm concerned, MF has reignited this controversy for two reasons: She is angry about the recognition his recent movie received (haven't seen it and don't plan to see it); Ronan Farrow has a show coming up on MSNBC. Remember not too long ago she said that RF was the son of Frank Sinatra. I may not like/trust WA, but I don't like/trust MF either. I'm not sure who has damaged the young woman more, WA if he is guilty of the abuse or MF if she is guilty of making a little girl think she was abuse.

    • XLUVMARy

      Mia's brother IS a convicted child molestor– maybe he's the one Dylan thought was Woody back when she was 7. Regardless, I love Woody Allen films and as I don't know him personally. I love him professionally only and that is all I should concern myself with.

    • Teresa

      Perhaps she carries this burden around because her mother saddled her with it. If a person believes something long enough, it becomes ingrained in her/him.

      I don't know whether these allegations are true and I'm no big fan of WA but…

      there is no physical evidence of molestation, there is a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to WA not being guilty and I find it odd that this incident happened after WA broke up with MF…

      I am not saying that the young woman is lying. I am sure she believes that what she is saying is the truth…I'm just not sure that I believe what she is saying is the truth.

  • HelyG

    It's odd how Farrow was more forgiving of her pal Roman Polanski and the sexual assault he subjected on a drugged 13 year old. I have watched interviews with her supporting him and I often wondered how she would've felt if that had been her daughter.

  • mheister

    Your loss, Richard. You're denying yourself some great cinema over accusations that were investigated and found baseless two freaking decades ago.

  • Miles Howard

    I feel like I'm living in the dark ages, reading all the responses to Dylan Farrow's letter. How can so many people assume Allen to be guilty without any concrete evidence of misconduct? An open allegation letter – no matter how horrifying – is not evidence. It's one person's account of what happened. What needs to happen right now is a criminal investigation: the one that wasn't started in the 1990s on account of Dylan being young and fragile at the time. If Woody Allen is found guilty, I'll support every measure of prosecution coming his way. But until then, I'm not going to burn my copies of Annie Hall and Manhattan.

    • mheister

      No, the criminal investigation happened two decades ago. What people need to do is get a clue.

      • Miles Howard

        Perhaps a second one is in order, just to remind people that we have a legal system in place: not vigilante mob rule.

        • mheister

          Statute of limitations was up more than a decade ago. Also, Dylan Farrow has made it clear she wants Woody Allen tried and fried in the media, in the public eye.

    • OL

      Sorry I was around when this story broke lots of evidence just look at the Graphic Pictures He was not allowed to see Dylan no visitation rights lets be real there was lots of evidence Mia Farrow chose NOT to put her Daughter through such a horrific event. He married his step daughter YES had sex with her when she was a Kid he is old enough to be her Grandfather he is despicable at the Time not one person I knew believed him. Wish Mia had Sinatra break his legs.

  • Guest

    I agree, i have boycotted him since the first allegations.

    • OL

      Me too at that time everyone knew he was guilty. Many also didn't like Mia Farrow its weird adopting all these kids looks strange!!

  • Stuart W

    Richard Stellar ought to learn how one deports themselves when a guest!

  • nl

    What makes him a “very honorable man”? Do you have evidence of this? Excluding his work, I'm sure you have no character evidence that allow him to be described as an honorable man. So you have two sides, an adult woman who states in detail she was a abused by Woody Allan, and Woody Allan who cheated on his girlfriend with her young adult daughter? Adopted or not she was her daughter. This is a huge character flaw. What do you know about Dylan that points to her as being a liar? Your conclusion that she is a “liar” is only based on your own opinion, no evidence of her character to support that she lies either. Don't call for evidence against one person when you have no evidence against the other.

  • Terri Aguiar Quintal

    I have to say that years ago when Woody married his adopted daughter i boycotted anything made by him. If that didnt scream pedophile then you're stupid. This doesn't shock me at all. He reeks of filth.

    • OL

      Most of the people who defend pedophiles are due to the fact that they think its OK , But everyone thought he was guilty as Sin.

  • LeeS

    I don't want to believe this is true, but Dylan's letter sounds credible. Why on earth would an adult woman invent such an accusation? Also, though Allen was not charged with the crime at the time, the judge in the custody case basically deprived him of his parental rights (not even allowing visitation.) I know from being around the criminal justice system up close that they do not do that lightly. Even drug addicts who neglect their kids get many chances before they are deprived of parental rights.

    • OL

      He was guilty everyone thought so. at The Time he took pictures only a Pedophile would take of his stepdaughter Soon YI previn. Lots of Evidence against him he had more Money that Mia Farrow who i believe is a very weird person too.

  • Allyson

    This has been in the public sphere for 20 yrs and you're just getting disgusted now?
    Talk about timing ….

    • OL

      Stopped watching his movies after The allegations were pretty much proven and also look at his movies look at him taking porno pics of his step daughter. Hollywood likes pederast. Its a haven of Degenerates that Constantly pat themselves on the back.. He was barred from EVER SEEING HIS DAUGHTER never fought back. Everyone at the time believed farrow, and Woody Allens career took a huge hit. Husbands and wives did badly. Now he Films in Europe.

      • wr

        Yes, Hollywood is sick. We should all be clean and decent like the people in the backwoods of Arkansas… or maybe like Republican politicians…

        • OL

          Republicans and Democrats are SCUM probably worse then Hollywood can;t tell the Difference. Our Country is a Giant Sewer

          • wr

            What a lovely world view. You must be very popular at parties.

          • OL

            Republicans and Dems or PEDS are not a world view perhaps that is why most of our country does not vote and yes I am hilarious at parties. But Political Parties are not my Bag!

  • breandan

    Wow, a child, isolated from one parent tries to please the other parent (Mia) by concoction a story. She rehearses the story for two decades and it is labeled as being consistent and consistency is considered proof.
    The custodial parent, who perhaps felt guilty at the time, now flaunts the fact that she hadn't stopped sleeping with her first husband (whom, as a small child, she called “Uncle” Frank). An accusation, even a consistent one, is not conclusive proof.
    Perhaps it happened. Perhaps it didn't. This all sounds like a well-rehearsed story and Dylan has been repeating it so long that she now believes it.

    • OL

      It happened wake up Forget Mia Farrow look at Allen takes disgusting Pics of an Adopted daughter Pictures ONLY a degenerate would take. MIA is a screwball. But Allen is a MONSTER!! Can'y have an adult relationship.

      • breandan

        Yes Farrow is sleazy and Allen is icky for dating his (sometime, non-cohabitating, and non-exclusive) girlfriend's adopted daughter.

    • breandan

      It's important to know that one of the standard tactics in getting custody is to accuse the father of sexual abuse. The father is presumed guilty unless proven innocent. Even if he manages to prove his innocence the mother will have alienated the children from him and the court will abide by the (indoctrinated) wishes of the children to not see their father. I've been to pro-bono divorce seminars and one of the first things you are taught is to see if there is an abuse angle to assure custody, child-support, and alimony.

  • OL

    Disgusting makes me so sick.Horrible when I was a Teenager I loved Woody Allen Films I did notice a change in him and his movies. His Son who was adopted, stated the same thing. I think in 1989 I saw the Film Crimes & Misdemeanors there is a scene in which he has the Camera on his very young adopted daughter for a brief second and says” The last Time I was inside a woman was the statue of Liberty” I remember Telling my husband how that comment along with the sudden closeup of his daughter Dylan, was disturbing. I was not surprised when allegations of Child Abuse surfaced. I was alarmed at the the fact that some people didn't care or it did not bother them. The Man is an obvious Pedophile and has received a FREE PASS from the MEDIA. His Son stated that he Woody Allen destroyed his life. and has had nothing to do with him.I have not watched Woody Allen Films in a very Long time. and he has not made a good film in decades. Which is telling.He sexually abused the Other girl and then Married her to cover up sexual abuse.. The Graphic pictures taken of her are revealing he is an obvious pedophile that belongs in Prison, Very Sorry for The Girl.Hes Guilty as Sin has Hollywood and Money behind him payed of sicko psychiatrist OH YES COULD NEVER SEE HIS DAUGHTER AGAIN ,Allen Had sexual Relations with Soon Yi PROBABLY STARTED WHEN SHE WAS 3 . Last Time I was inside a woman was the statue of liberty closeup of 3 or 4 year old DYLAN. I knew that was strange SHAME ON MIA!!

    • mtmla

      I remember a long time ago when the scandal with the affair between Woody Allen and Soon Yi came to light Mia had discovered nude pictures of the girl, taken by Allen when SY was 13 or 14 only-and the abuse likely started way before. When the pictures came to light SY was around 16/17. The news now are telling a different story, that WA and SY started a relationship when she was 18/19. That is not true. He is a pedophile and abused SY but now the media/people are telling a different story to protect him. It was a huge scandal at the time.

    • Guest

      “The man is an obvious pedophile and has received a free pass from the media.”

      Well, duh, “the media” (hint hint) are protecting one of “their own.”

      (In other words, the elephant in the room has a really… big… NOSE.)

  • April Moreno

    Woody even look like a depraved pervert and his movies suck.

  • Audra

    Thank you for this. I am an abuse victim who was “not believed,” by own parents and many others despite carrying it around with me for 20+ years. I have residual anger towards many people and I will never be the kind of mother to my kids that I could have been should it not have happened. The post traumatic stress is very burdening. The perpetrator affects generations, not just the individual. I appreciate your standing up to victims everywhere. You are, to that end, a surrogate parent to me, showing the kind of support victims need. People need to remember that physical evidence is not always present at the time of accusation. Touching does not always equate to rape evidence …but for goodness sake, isn't it still awful (touching a private area inappropriately)? In the cases of he said/she said, it's a slippery slope…but what does Dylan gain, now a grown adult, by coming forth again at this time in her life? It is more of a risk on HER part to do so as she also has a life to live and opinions of others as a result. No one would risk that unless it was weighing heavily on him/her. Thank you for this article.

    • OL

      Audra you are so Brave I am so sorry but I do believe you will be rewarded for your courage.

    • Connie Markarian

      Audra, I agree w/OL 100%..I felt like I was reading about myself while reading your comment..I'd like to ty for commenting on this horrible topic. All that u wrote is how I feel in my heart. God Bless & keep u safe.

    • Richard Stellar

      Audra. I'm sorry for what happened to you. The judicial system has utterly failed abused children. Why must we default to the innocence of the predator and not to the cries of the prey? I wrote this for you.

  • mheister

    Mia Farrow – if Allen is correct – could have gotten the idea to gin up child abuse charges from her buddy Roman Polanski's situation, and/or from the McMartin case. The latter was a major ongoing national story for the better part of the 1980s. In the wake of the McMartin charges, law enforcement agencies and schools nationwide placed a far greater emphasis on finding and following up on any possible child sexual abuse incidents. If Farrow did this, she certainly wouldn't have been the first jilted woman to use her young child as a weapon in this way.

    • OL

      You forget the incredible GRAPHIC disgusting Pictures he took of his Stepdaughter who would do that ONLY a PEDOPHILE. LOOK AT WOODY ALLEN he is so disgusting looking he is an advertisement for a Pederast.

  • boycartoonist

    Mia Farrow's brother John is a child molester. Mia Farrow's friend Roman Polanski is a child molester. But Mia Farrow's ex-boyfriend Woody Allen is not a child molester.

    • OL

      Interesting in my opinion she obviously has a problem which could have brought out Woody Allen's dark side he was just another adopted boy. The fact is a lack of intimacy in a marriage where it is not a relationship based on mutual respect or love there remains an in-balance of power. Pedophiles marry their Mother Father etc. Mia is a weirdo obsessed with adopting children that should be a red flag she allowed incredibly inappropriate behavior with Dylan. I saw it. Prior to allegations. The replacement spouses they had a very unnatural relationship. The Children are left with out an ADULT in the House. This was a highly incestuous family very dysfunctional. also she Married Sinatra when she was 19 and then Woody Allen. So powerful Controlling person like Sinatra. Her Brother committed suicide I always suspected sexual abuse in her own Family due to her obsession with adopting children. and being emotionally vacant.

  • OL

    Farrow described her shock at first discovering Allen's VERY GRAPHIC pornographic photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and then that he was having an affair with the 17-year-old. So when did it start ??? 17 year OLD he was 68 pretty creepy he is 78 years old now. ALSO SOON YI had severe Learning disabilities which could have been from sexual abuse. Farrow described Allen as being obsessed with Dylan, saying, “He whispered her awake, he caressed her and entwined his body around her as she watched television, as she played on the floor, as she ate, as she slept. He brought her into bed when he was wearing only his underpants. Twice I made him take his thumb out of her mouth.” What was wrong with Mia pretty obvious both were not in a Man/Woman relationship. Allen is typical can't really have sexual relations wuth an adult so he is a child predator. His demeanor everything screams pedophile these 2 both are sickos poor children. Very UNNATURAL RELATIONSHIP. didn't seem like either one of them were heterosexuals both are severely emotionally arrested .

    • Lisa D

      Mia Farrow was 19 when she married 50-year old Frank Sinatra. How old as she when that relationship started?

  • zac

    I am watching Woody Allen's Stardust Memories right now. It's great. I am loving every second of it. Just took a quick break. Going back to it. Bye.

  • cltaylor

    Minimally, I”m pretty sure the time to shun him was when he did it with and eventually married one of his adopted children. Filthy pig.

  • Franca Condo

    Its total bullshit. I know so many women that have made up claims. Woody is innocent.

  • Diane Bliss

    I've been boycotting Woody Allen since the allegations of abuse came to light. I'm heartened to see so many people believing and supporting Dylan's courage and willingness to speak out publicly about the systematic, long-term abuse he inflicted on her when when she was a child. She has nothing to gain by lying about her experiences, whereas he has everything to lose if the public sentiment turns against him. And abusers *always* deny and lie about the abuse they inflict. Just look at Jerry Sandusky and other cases of long-term sexual abuse of minors, both girls and boys. The mere fact that his relationship with Soon-Yi began before she was 18 creeps me out since in our society we've drawn a line at relationships with minors and with members of your own family. He's crossed both boundaries. For the people who continue to support Woody Allen, what amount of evidence would persuade you that this man is a pedophile if the direct testimony of one of his victims isn't enough?

    • Robespierre92

      Systemic long term abuse? She accuses him of one single incident which a team of experts from Yale-New haven hospital concluded were false, and that the story was inconsistent, and coached. Allen also passed a polygraph while Mia Farrow refused to take one. She suffers from False Memory Syndrome.

      • Diane Bliss

        Straight from the article:

        “I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.”

        If you aren't even going to READ the COMPLETE testimony of the accuser it's clear that you had your mind made up before even reading the piece.

        • OL

          Exactly ! Classic PEDO common Of course they are not interested in the truth. This is THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES ON!!!

        • JaredK

          These statements may be true but they may also be the result of things she was told by her mother. My mind is open on Allen's guilt or innocence but I need more than Dylan's words to convict him.

    • OL

      Anyone who defends Woody Allen is just a Liar he is a Classic PEDO, He is a Road Map to Pedophilia. Has relations with his WIFE'S Adopted DAUGHTER Takes Grotesque Pictures only a Pedophile would take. People who defend him are not interested in the truth. These are the same people who would allow there own kids to be molested and turn the other way, or Probably believe in Molesting Kids themselves.

      • Michelle

        Not a fan of taking nude pictures of young girls but having never seen them I don't know that they were grotesque or that they would only be taken by a pedophile. My understanding at the time was that they were merely nudes.

        You have a right to your opinion and I would be happy to hear it but it should be based on some other than calling those who disagree with you liars.

        • OL

          I am a professional in this area I can state Allen is Classic pedophile. He is severely emotionally arrested, His sexuality is extremely immature, he is a sociopath just from reading His Comments. Showed No Concern For His Daughter If Ms.Farrow indeed had coached her, Woody Allen ,if he was innocent ,would have done anything to get custody but he did not. I think both are severe narcissist that were abused themselves and can only use children for Self Gratification.Lets not leave out Soon Yi was Mia's Daughter you can dance around make excuses, The Heart etc. 59 year old Man. He showed no remorse behaved exactly like a pedophile would. He is sociopath. No Feelings for others only himself.

        • Connie Markarian

          ..Michelle, so glad to hear ur “not a fan of taking nude pictures of young girls”. I would love to know what “they were merely nudes”, means. What exactly makes this a ‘normal’ father & daughter thing to do?

  • Prison for Woody

    People, mostly women, have been boycotting Allen for the last 20 years.

    • Guest

      “People, mostly women, have been boycotting Allen for the last 20 years.

      I knew there was a reason Diane Keaton loved pants suits so much.

      • OL

        Diane Keaton gets on my nerves but she has a lot of emotionally arrested development problems the woman is 80 years old. trying to still look like ANNIE, What ever happened to Baby Jane???

  • Guest

    I wish this article had a thumbs-up button. I don't use social media, and it seems the only options for “fave-ing” the article or letting the writer know your sentiments are through sharing it on Google, Twitter, Facebook or whatever app du jour people are using nowadays. (Is Prodigy still around?) I see there's an email button but I don't have an email account either, and after Snowden's revelations, I'm not going to get one.

    That said, I wish the Internet had a “f*ck you” button for Allen, Polanski and R. Kelly (among others).

  • Valnbobmal1

    I'm sorry that the Prosecutor and Judge didn't file charges. I'm dreadfully sorry for Dylan because I believe her. However, since he wasn't charged and tried, I'm not going to hold it against Woody Allen. That still doesn't mean I'm not going to shun him, I am. He slithered into his adopted daughter's life and took nude pictures of her when she was a minor, then left his wife …FOR HIS ADOPTED DAUGHTER!!!….This is more than enough to shun him. I applaud Dylan, her mother and her brother for their bravery, but in reality, it wasn't necessary. He proved he's a creepy, dirty old man to me and I'll never spend a cent on anything remotely related to him…YUK!

    • Robespierre92

      There was no evidence of molestation and Farrow brainwashed into believing a lie.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    I disagree. Half of Hollywood are sexual predators. Woody will win for Best Screenplay just for that- they protect their own.

    • OL

      They only act outraged if it suits their political agenda! Lets face it MEL GIBSON received more Bad publicity from his weirdo relationship with a obvious GOLD DIGGER Pete Rose was Roasted Over The Coals for Gambling. BUT WOODY Gets a free ride even though his own daughter accused him of Sexual Abuse . Soon Yi wll remain silent about her abuse she had numerous learning disabilities she has everything to lose if she comes forward stating that Woody Molested her as a child. She is going to get the 79 year olds MONEY because Hollywood would say she was lying.

  • Robespierre92

    F*ck you. He's innocent. There was never any evidence to prosecute, and a team of specialists concurred that the allegations were baseless.

  • http://factreal.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/list-obamas-snitch-brigades-and-websites/ forwardkameradin

    Nice work. Especially now that “Woody” (isn't that name so appropriate?) filthy rich and old. Too bad ya’ took so long. So…….whatdaya’ think about Polanski?

  • James Quinn

    We have this system here in the Staes that I follow in every circumstance… Innocent Till Proven Guilty.

    The Witch trials proved that because a person is strange, and does not live as I or you would have them live is no justification for conviction.

    We've plenty of examples of memories being planted or manipulated in both adults and children.

    I feel for Dylan for it is obvious she is hurting but who caused this pain and under what circumstances is unclear to me.

    Pagan jim

  • LudicrousSextus

    Spot on. Let this has-been fade on out to an Obscurity marquee…

    It's rather obvious to anyone remotely paying attention – doesn't much matter which version of ‘events’ one believes – even if every allegation against Allen were true – he'd never suffer a single repercussion.

    He's an overblown legend in his own mind.

  • Atwood

    How sad that so many are so judgemental without absolute knowledge of the facts.

    Here's a clue – accusation is not always true or just and none of you were present to be so quick to apportion guilt. The only people who know the truth are the family and outsiders should leave them to resolve it PRIVATELY. Dylan Farrow should have confronted Woody Allen away from the media and her decision to smear in public does her no credit.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      What makes you think the family even knows? Mia was apparently out for blood for Woody when he hooked up with Soon-Yi. This is all a deliberate plan of vengeance on the part of a woman scorned, a woman with the power of fame and the media at her disposal, which apparently places her above the law

  • J. Kelley

    I, too, have boycotted Allen movies since 1992. I can't support such vile behavior.

    I also think it's time to boycott Allen's circle of actor friends and supporters. Supporting Allen is like spitting in the faces of others who have been violated. Hollywood is so eager to prostitute itself for a dollar and the actors in his movies are prostituting themselves for an Oscar.

    If Allen was “Joe Public” we would be outraged. Where's the outrage?

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      There's this thing in America we call innocent until PROVEN guilty. Ever heard of it?

  • Unc Remus

    That whole frigg'n “Family” is as warped as a cheap piece of wet plywood! STFU and go away!

  • Fred

    What kind of authorithy does this Richard Stellar have to become the judge of it all ? I hope he gets good money from The Wrap to publish such a piece of shit, otherwise there's really no point.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      God died and left him the universe in His will.

  • Mirquella Santos

    I believe Dylan 100%. Woody Allen is a predator who preys on children. He is not in jail because he is rich. He used his money to ruin the prosecutor because he was angry that the prosecutor believed Dylan. There are many Americans that love and support rapists, but the majority don't. Thanks God!

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      What proof do you have he's a rapist? A letter to the media? Do you believe that American justice means nothing; that troops die in vain for a country that doesn't work? You are an anarchist in the worst sense.

      Do you understand the concept of libel? This libel is a premeditated criminal act designed to specifically defame Woody Allen during the awards season when it can do the most damage.

    • Derek_V

      You are the reason why people used to burn witches and used to lynch african americans. Society has you filthy lot under control now with a system of laws but on the internet you are still able to rear your ugly head. Subhuman scum. Learn to civilize yourself.

  • Tit E. Bah

    What a dick.

  • sila

    Why are you immediately assuming guilt? Yes Dylan Farrow's letter was heartbreaking and if the abuse did happen then my heart goes out to her. But I refuse to judge Woody Allen because of her claim when the case itself is so murky that both sides deserve the benefit of the doubt. I'm not saying she's a liar but I can't say that Woody Allen is a molester.

  • spiderrob

    Presumption of innocence and one side of the story means he's done. interesting un-American reaction.

  • spiderrob

    Presumption of innocence and one side of the story means he's done. interesting un-American reaction.

  • spiderrob

    Presumption of innocence and one side of the story means he's done. interesting un-American reaction.

  • spiderrob

    Presumption of innocence and one side of the story means he's done. interesting un-American reaction.

  • spiderrob

    Presumption of innocence and one side of the story means he's done. interesting un-American reaction.

  • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

    This is libel. I hope he sues your ass.

  • Fred

    How can The Wrap let such an article go through ? This has nothing to do with culture, entertainment business, it's just the words of judge who has no legal authorithy to judge, that is to say : shocking nonsense to find here.

  • Guest

    Wow! How refreshing, to see someone take a firm stand for what's right. It's so rare today….it takes you by surprise because you almost never see it. But when you do, like here, it's like a bright shining light…piercing through the black morass of moral decrepitude exhibited by Blanchett, Walters, Goldberg, Sony Pictures, et al that enable, and in fact, empower, predators like Allen to continue to victimize and destroy, all the while as he personally flourishes. Bravo, Stellar, for choosing not to be a part of that anymore. Now if only others in Hollywood would find their courage to follow suit.

  • Nina Menkes

    From your lips to their ears…. I hope you're right, and those peeps are, in fact, toast. But I fear that might not be the case…

  • Aurora

    The pro-Allen commenters here are the jobless scriptwriters in hollywood.
    They are getting paid to defend a pedo. LOL.

  • Betty

    Woody is guilty, it's that simple. The facts that his camp “claims” are weak at best.
    I will never watch a Woody Allen movie again and I am hoping the rest of the country follows.

  • Chris O

    Dylan Farrrow stated in her open letter in the NYTs that Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime.That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. Why have the “other little girls” not come forward? Considering the publicity this case has generated I would think that by now they would have. By comparison, in England the recent Jimmy Savile sex scandal which received extensive media coverage resulted in several scores of individuals who made it known that they suffered sexual assault and abuse by this individual as children or young people.

  • keith

    Allen chased ladies with pubic hair. In fact, he was madly in love with 20 yr old soon yi at the time of alleged incident.
    Impossible for him to be ped. Dylan is pissed that she never became famous.
    Dylan needs to be in jail. Btw, having your seven yr old sex organ touched is not a injury. You act like it was cut off. Grow up. Bitter hags.

  • GetReal

    I've been boycotting his movies since 1992. Not as a public statement (because nobody cares what I think) but because I knew that little girl was telling the truth, and couldn't watch them without thinking about what he'd done. All of us have gotten our hands dirty by supporting, in one way or another, the behavior of evil people. That doesn't mean we can't wash our hands and get on with it. They will never change because they're sociopaths, but we can change. We can put our weaknesses behind us and start to fight pedophilia with full force.