For the first time ever, Dylan Farrow has given an on-camera interview about her claim that her adoptive father, Woody Allen, sexually molested her when she was 7 years old. Speaking with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Farrow opened up about allegations that she has stood by for more than 20 years and addressed her critics. The interview was aired in two parts on the Wednesday and Thursday editions of the morning show. Farrow, 32, described the alleged incident in graphic detail and said the iconic film director instructed to play with her brother’s toys while he molested her.
“I was taken to a small attic crawl space,” Farrow told King in the portion of the interview that aired on Thursday. “He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up, and he sat behind me in the doorway. And, as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted.”
She added, “As 7-year-old, I would say he touched my private parts. As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”
Allen has always denied the accusations, and he did so again in a statement given to CBS News.
“When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare,” Allen said. “They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.”
In the segment that aired on Wednesday, Farrow answered critics who have suggested she’s smearing Allen and trying to destroy his career.
“Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” Farrow asked. “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”
According to Farrow’s brother, Ronan, who helped break the story about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse of women, Allen followed the Weinstein playbook of intimidation and media manipulation in order to quash her account of events. Ultimately, Allen was never charged for his alleged actions, and went on to continue a successful movie making career — as well as to marry another of his adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn, whom he had been taking naked photos of even while dating her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow.
Asked why she thought people would believe her now, after all these years, Farrow reiterated that she has been speaking out all this time — but that no one in Hollywood seemed willing to risk Allen’s wrath by acknowledging her account.
“All I can do is speak my truth and hope that somebody will believe me instead of just hearing,” said Farrow.
In recent days, some actresses who previously worked with Allen, including Ellen Page, Mia Sorvino and Greta Gerwig, have denounced the famous director and pledged to never work with him again. Actor Timothée Chalamet has also expressed regret about choosing to work with Allen on his latest film, and promised to donate his entire salary from the film to charity. Meanwhile the list of actors distancing themselves from Allen continues to grow.
Watch two clips from Farrow’s CBS This Morning interview below.
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