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

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? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” asks Dylan Farrow

dylan-farrow-articleLarge-v3Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow reached out to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to help her share her story alleging that she was molested by the legendary director.

In 1992, when she was seven years old, Farrow claimed Allen committed a sexual assault that included “inappropriate touching,” and led to a diagnosis of PTSD years later.

Also Read: Ronan Farrow Blasts Woody Allen's Golden Globes Tribute

She wrote:

“When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we'd go to Paris and I'd be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.”

Allen, who has long denied the allegations, has never been convicted of a crime and is innocent in the eyes of the law. A representative for the director did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.

Farrow excoriates Hollywood for gifting Allen with another Oscar nomination for his “Blue Jasmine” screenplay.

“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me,” Farrow writes emotionally, citing actors who have worked with Allen recently.

“I know it's ‘he said, she said. But, to me, it's black and white, because I was there,” Farrow wrote, adding an explanation as to the timing, which coincides with Allen's recent Golden Globe honor. ”I was thinking, if I don't speak out, I'll regret it on my death bed.”

Kristof is a family friend of the Farrows, which is why Dylan reached out to him. Farrow is a 28 year-old writer/artist who is currently married and living in Florida under a different name.

Also Read: Golden Globes: Mia Farrow Watches ‘Girls’ Instead of Woody Allen's Lifetime Achievement Award

Farrow writes:

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. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself.

That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, “who can say what happened,” to pretend that nothing was wrong. Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines. Each time I saw my abuser's face — on a poster, on a T-shirt, on television — I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart.

This time, I refuse to fall apart. For so long, Woody Allen's acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. But the survivors of sexual abuse who have reached out to me — to support me and to share their fears of coming forward, of being called a liar, of being told their memories aren't their memories — have given me a reason to not be silent, if only so others know that they don't have to be silent either.

Today, I consider myself lucky. I am happily married. I have the support of my amazing brothers and sisters. I have a mother who found within herself a well of fortitude that saved us from the chaos a predator brought into our home.

But others are still scared, vulnerable, and struggling for the courage to tell the truth. The message that Hollywood sends matters for them.

The full letter can be found at the New York Times.


  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

    in her oscar speech
    cate blanchett said to scorsese ” I hope my son will marry your daughter ”
    scorsese signed a petition to let child sodomiser Polanski back into the USA
    as a matter of interest
    would she leave her kids alone with woody allen ?
    no.. i didn't think so

    • lapaditte

      Many, many high-profile artists in Hollywood signed that petition or spoke about it. Why the F are you singling out a comment Blanchett made to Scorsese with regards to his intelligence and filmmaking genius and her admiration of it?

    • A.L. Hern

      How come “Polanski” and “USA” are the only instances where you deigned to use upper-case letters in your posting?

      • ugh

        For someone whose contribution here always consists of nitpicking people's grammar, one would think you'd avoid an improper/colloquial idiom in your query.

  • SayHi2YourMom4Me

    Woah she's kind of hot. Sucks that happened to her.

  • Steven Kaye

    Malone, stop repeating the lies your vicious mother has filled your head with.

    • A.L. Hern

      Who's “Malone?”

  • Marcko

    I always thought he was creepy

  • Deb Kelly

    To bad that her childhood was horrible.

  • The Most Courageous Farrow

    My heart goes out to Dylan Farrow as well with other potential victims of sexual abuse. I had long been a fan of Woody Allen's early works (“Bananas,” “Take the Money & Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” etc.), but I have also held a real CREEP-OUT factor ever since his courtship and marriage of Soon-Yi — along with the few allegations of sexual abuse starting just over 20 years ago…leading to the breakup of his relationship with Mia Farrow.

    Given that just about 22 years have elapsed since the first allegations arose of his sexual abuse (in published accounts in Vanity Fair, etc.), Dylan Farrow had remained SILENT in making ANY public comment on this. The fact that she stayed SILENT for that long and suffered so much while Allen remained so celebrated in pop culture really lends much weight and validity to Dylan Farrow's intentions of remaining anonymous (even changing her name legally and trying to pursue a “normal life”) but FINALLY now speaking out simply for the intent of “saving” other sexual abuse victims of having to similarly suffering in silence and her own expressed “guilt” over that. (Dylan could have also been prompted to come forward after her brother Ronan came to her DEFENSE on Twitter two weeks ago, when Woody got his “lifetime achievement award” at the Golden Globes!)

    Dylan Farrow clearly did NOT benefit from remaining SILENT about these repeated allegations of sexual abuse by her ex-stepfather, Mr. Allen, and there is no logical argument that she is merely seeking to seek publicity after all of these years of silence. She has my utmost ADMIRATION for coming forward to address these allegations in a PUBLIC FORUM simply for shedding a large SPOTLIGHT for the SILENT VICTIMS of child sexual abuse to come out of the darkness and confront their alleged adult abusers in public and potentially legal venues.

    Dylan Farrow should be lauded for providing a shining example for the long-standing SILENT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE to reach out for HELP wherever they can get it. May she and they somehow find peace and love in their lives again.

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  • spike

    so much for years of psychoanalysis. hey woody, do you tell your analyst all about your sexscapades?

  • TheBangingMan

    The molestation allegations against Woody reek of being nothing more than Created Memories, such as those experienced by Roseanne Barr and by hundreds of children during the 1980's Satanic Panic, which victims swear to all their lives. They can be easily instilled although, in Dylan's case, the perpetrator could have been Mia's brother who was later convicted for pedophilia.
    Mia (the serial home wrecker) had made a habit of collecting children (15) and passing the bills on to Woody which he good-naturedly paid, even though he didn't live there & had little contact with them. When Mia's turn came to be dumped for a younger Soon Yi, it had to be pedophilia! After all, what normal man would find a teenage girl attractive?
    At that point, Mia conveniently “discovered” that Woody had been a pedophile all along. The investigating panel of psychologists concluded that the kids were likely coached & ridiculed the notion that sex-mad Woody came out of the closet at nearly 60 to get his hands on one more “child”.

  • HollywoodBabylon

    I am not defending Woody Allen but it is possible that there are other motivations involved. 1922: Fatty Arbuckle was acquitted of molesting an underage female at a party, but his career was ruined. 1942: Errol Flynn is charged with raping an underage female on a boat; it turns out she had tried to blackmail him, charges dropped. (you can read about these cases in Kenneth Auger's book “Hollywood Babylon”). 1978: Polanski agrees to a plea bargain for the molestation of a fourteen year old girl the previous year, it later turns out the judge and prosecutor worked in collusion. I'm just saying not everything is as it appears on the surface.

    • Buck Stodgers

      Are you saying Polanski was framed? Because I'm pretty sure he's admitted to what he did.

      • Saffron Azreal

        Polanski did admit to what he'd done and he is guilty of it. However both the Fatty Arbuckle and Errol Flynn case, had very strong evidence that they did NOT do what they were accused of. Just saying in response to the mention of those cases.

  • dog31743t

    it would appear the young lady was right>” he said, she said”. I for one rarely trust accusations eventually coming to light out of a side of the family that is so bitter. JUST A THOUGHT.

  • None of your business

    All the molestation talk started when Woody Allen began a relationship with Soon-Yi–how his wife. I've always believed Mia Farrow was jealous and bitter and was willing to enlist her children to tell lies in an attempt to get even with Allen for leaving her.

    • debra

      everyone tries to say the victim is making it up or in some type of revenge mode. Allen abused his adopted daughter. doesn't matter he married her, she was still underage and his legal daughter. Why is it so hard to believe that he did it before. He only married her to save face. People like him dont stop and there is always early attempts to molest. the only difference in the one he married and the other child's…one refused, one didn't. I have never been able to understand Hollywood's denial of the fact he is a pedophile. wont watch a Allen movie and now that Sony has defended him I wont be watching any Sony movies. Everyone is so quick to defend Allen before they know the whole story. I admit I dont know every detail but I am not going to discount that the child may be telling the truth. She deserves her side be told.

    • Lesley Corea

      Sure, it's all just wild accusations– because it's perfectly normal for a man who adopts a child and is her father to develop a sexual relationship with her and openly marry her. Farrow is just jealous that she lost her man, because who would want to let a gem of a man like that go? (sarcasm)

  • S. RAFA

    how can you not believe Dylan Farrow when she says she was molested by Woody Allen. Didn't he marry his other adopted daughter. Isnt that proof enough of the pedefile he is. He is a monster who needs to be locked up. Shame on Hollywood.

    • barb harris

      I always thought that Soon Yi, his now wife, was his adopted daughter, too, but she is actually Mia & Andre Previn's adopted daughter. Woody was never a legal parent figure.

    • peabody3000

      woody was her mother's boyfriend, not her adoptive father. nor was she underage when they began dating, contrary to what some accounts say

  • Joy

    He is extremely creepy and having a relationship with another one of his other young adopted daughters is not a good sign. I believe her. He should rot in hell!!

  • Paula Taylor

    Finally, the victim speaks out honestly about this man's heinous actions. I have been boycotting his work for years, against the Hollywood support-of-abusers machine. Box office truly rules, and to hell with the truth is what they tell you. Good for you, Dylan. Expose these bastards.

    • peabody3000

      i dont reflexively doubt victims of any kind of abuse, and i believe that dylan believes what shes saying, but there are a lot of factors worthy of suspicion about her story. many children of the age she was have been led to make similar accusations that were later proven false. being questioned for days in a leading way has often resulted in specific allegations that are essentially planted memories, and the already outraged mia farrow was definitely an influential factor in how some things transpired

      • wink1026

        Peebody: good comment. But if you look at the slimy, sticky trial he has left. More to it dude

        • peabody3000

          “more to it..” thats just a feeling some people have. woody allen may have married his girlfriend's adoptive daughter and granted its got shock value but that doesnt mean he should be presumed guilty of anything else

  • Guest

    Woody Allen should be shunned!

  • mary

    Dylan,We believe you one hundred percent!!!You are so fortunate that you have a mother who protected you!!!Im so sorry for what you have gone through and will always go through due to that P.O.S. who ruthlessly robbed you of your innocence and your lifes well being.Im a victim of child molestation as well.I struggle a lot,My Mom looked at her five beautiful baby girls and called us little liars and she is Marrying her pettifile husband anyway!We were failed by our own Mother Dylan!!We are all so Thankful that you have your Mom who supports you and did the right thing for you sweetheart!We are praying for you.There is a special place for disgusting pigs like Woody Allen and Richard Burton and all the other people use innocent children!who sexually abuse children Dylan!I hope that they make this P.O.S. Pay for the hurt,damage,and innocense that he destoyed for you!!!! Hollywood,Whoever sticks up for this loser.:Shame on You: and what if this was your little girl?I hope that someday you get the Justice you deserve Dylan.I know in my heart you are telling the truth sweetheart!I wish you nothing but Happier,Better days,and God always bless you and your family!!!!!!!

    • Gigabyte

      you believe her. who's the We you're talking about. I believe she thinks it happened and needs to think it happened. I'm not so sure it did.

  • McLovin3533

    Hollywood has a history of giving passes to pedophiles and rapists.

  • Lorraine Smith

    It always amazes me when people defend someone without thought that the allegations might be true. What these people do not understand is this…those who abuse someone sexually are outwardly considered to be loving doting parents or stepparents.. No one ever thinks that they are masters of deception. Did ANY of you think that he would run off with the other daughter? She was an underage child also, and I just wonder how long he had a sexual relationship with her BEFORE they ran off together? I know about his because I am an abuse survivor and NO ONE in my family wanted to believe that he was molesting me from the time I was 7, until he was caught molesting his own daughters. Even then, nothing was done and he was welcomed in the family and not treated any differently and my sister went on to have more children with him.

    • Brandon Orlando

      it amazes me that a team from yale said the kid was coached …. not one person but a team….also amazes me that he was strong enough to never put his hand on the drama queen before the attic or after. I thought they had no controlor could it be by some chance he didn't and isn't what drama queen 1 and drama queen 2 say he is! also yale means nothing to the smarter average joes and soap watchers making the most noise about him….if she was abused I assure you it came from the sick brother with the rap sheet

  • Name

    Barbra Walter defends him, but of course! She mingled in controversy once upon a time by having an affair with a married man. Therefore if she can change I guess she believes that the Pedophile, Hebophile can change too!

  • Paul

    You all are saying he is guilty.
    The fact is he was exonerated for this twenty years ago. The Farrow family's timing on this is definitely questionable. if you are boycotting his movies because of these allegations, you are missing some fine films from one of the world's leading film makers. Allen's films and personal life should not be intertwined.

  • hate hollywood

    Woody Allen is a creepy preve, hope he rotes in hell, and shame on Barbara Walters for defending him.. she makes me sick!!

    • TruthBeTold

      I am 56 years old. I was molested by my babysitter's husband when I was 5 years old. I remember every detail and didn't tell. Don't believe the “created memories” bologna! I was given gifts of toys to keep quiet and held a stopwatch to show the “seconds” of how long he could molest me in order to get a toy. A sicko.

    • Gigabyte

      how exactly do you KNOW what happened? there's no evidence, just a he said / she said. You've never seen a 7 year old lie like she thought it was the truth? I know I have.

  • Lesley Corea

    I have been blessed with the misfortune of a sexually inappropriate parent figure. It's a blessing because it's given me insight into the nature of this behavior, and I escaped largely unscathed– I'm very lucky. It's common misconception to think that the abuser is a villain in a trench coat, waiting to commit this abuse in the spirit of hostility. I think more often, it is a caregiver who expresses their love in an inappropriate way, and has confusion about what proper loving behavior and boundaries are with a child. These people can present as very gentle and loving figures. This does in no way let them off the hook for their inappropriate and damaging behavior. I believe Dylan Farrow. No person wants to come forward and put this out there, it's a horror. She obviously needs acknowledgment and is trying to achieve some kind of closure. Woody Allen also married his adopted daughter. This reinforces my belief that Dylan Farrow's abuse claim is real. I will still be a fan of Woody Allen's movies. I think we should separate the art from the artist as a flawed person who committed terrible acts. I hope that Allen's children with Soon-Yi are being protected by her, if by nobody else. I think that we can celebrate the art of Woody Allen without celebrating him as a person.

    • Gigabyte

      he didn't marry his adopted daughter. Soon-Yi was adopted by Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. She was his girlfriend's adopted daughter who was over 18. Maybe not a nice thing to do to Mia Farrow but not like marrying his daughter. Lets try to work with facts.

    • Saffron Azreal

      My abuser was NOT showing his love. There was no love in his acts. Not to me or my cousins and your comment of believing that it more often is done out of a expression of love, is damaging to most victims of sexual child abuse.

  • Mike

    Left to the media and guesswork, nothing is solved. I can only hope that Ms. Farrow takes this case and her accusations to a civil court case. This way the evidence from all sides can be weighed and measured for validity. Even OJ after being acquitted had to run the civil suit gauntlet and many felt it gave a measure of justice.
    Ms. Farrow, if what you say is true, you would do the world a favor by bringing it all into the light of day and not just scanty hints in random reports.


    I totally believe Dylan Farrow. A memory like that does not fade away. She is an extremely intelligent girl and in the pictures of her as a child, she looks so troubled and unhappy.Yes, it takes courage to speak out against the rich and powerful, and I hope she now will have a measure of peace in her heart that this burden has been lifted. Woody Allen will face a final JUDGEMENT someday!!

  • Sanity Please

    Ah, the Inquisitors and the Witch Burners are wailing and gnashing their teeth again. Like Albert Einstein said (paraphrased): There are only two things that are infinite in my way of thinking, the Universe and Humankind's Capacity For Stupidity, and I'm not entirely convinced of the first.

  • wink1026

    He did it, I remember when it was first stated in the news. Classic case for a pedophile, with money & the money maker. Woody has always been, well, woody.
    Bless you girl ask the Lord Jesus to help you, get treatment don't hold this alone.

  • Sick of molesters!

    I am the mother of two molested children, by their own father, both of them dead from the abuse. One of the ploys that an abuser uses is they will do and say whatever it takes to make the other person involved look like they are the problem. He describes Mia as a horrible mother to take the attention off of him so he can continue doing his awful behaviors. Furthermore, it seems molesters are always somebody the public thinks of as “a nice guy”. Molesters go to great lengths to hide their dark secrets such as showing the world a different face than is shown to the people in their private lives.
    And when you look at the fact that he married Mia's adopted daughter? How old was she when he started molesting her? In my opinion, that shows he can't be trusted and is the lowliest of sleazebags. He needs prison torture!

  • dudetalk

    I'll never watch the film “Manhattan” in the same way again…now i'm just gonna think he was playing himself instead of a character..