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A Look at The Renewed Charges Against Woody Allen

January 20, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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I’ll start this off with my bewilderment that Woody Allen and Roman Polanski have enjoyed the success they had in Hollywood. Polanski could have his own column but for today we’ll just stick to Mr. Allen.

Hollywood is going through a purge currently, targeting those who have allegedly used their power to commit crimes of sexual misconduct and sexual harass those around them.

Now Woody Allen finds himself in the crosshairs and, for many, it’s about time. Actresses like Mira Sorvino have vowed not to work with Allen again after claims from his daughter Dylan Farrow of molestation resurfaced. Colin Firth says he will not work again with the director, becoming the first male actor to say so. They join Ellen Page, Rachel Brosnahan, and Rebecca Hall who have have publicly distanced themselves from Allen.

Then we have Alec Baldwin. He tweeted in defense of the director, claiming that police found nothing in their investigations. He said:

“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”

“WA’s talent has nothing to do with it.
This is a charge that was investigated aggressively and resulted in…nothing.
What would it take for you to at least consider that he is telling the truth?”

“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent?
I think so.
The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing ppl of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.”

Now let’s look at the other side. In her first televised interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning, Dylan Farrow was in tears while she wished her father had been charged with assaulting her. Farrow provided graphic details about how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old.

“He’s lying and he’s been lying for so long,” she said after watching a clip of a 1992 60 Minutes interview in which Allen denied abusing her. “It is difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice.”

This isn’t the first time Farrow has talked about the sexual assault. She gave an interview with Vanity Fair in 2013 and spoke about it in an open letter published in the New York Times in 2014.

In the recent interview, she told King that Allen took her to an attic crawl space while her mother was out shopping, instructed her to lay on her stomach and play with her brother’s toy train while he sat behind her in the doorway and assaulted her. “As a seven year old, I would say he touched my private parts, which I did say,” Farrow said. “As a 32 year old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”

A representative for Allen said: “Dylan Farrow’s allegations against Woody Allen, which she first made 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officials and child welfare investigators. The investigators concluded unambiguously that Dylan Farrow was not sexually abused. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: because Woody Allen is innocent.“

Allen insisted that his daughter had been coached to lie by her mother, who discovered months earlier that Allen was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon- Yi Previn.

Ronan Farrow, Dylan’s brother, has defended his sister, writing in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe my sister,” Ronan wrote in the 2016 column. “This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father’s strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.”

For decades Allen has directed critically acclaimed films and worked with top talent while under the shadow of these allegations. Now he faces the same fate as so many others in Hollywood and we’ll see what that will bring.

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