While Woody Allen was attending the Writers Guild Awards, his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow was writing an open letter published on Nicholas Kristof’s blog in which she finally told the story of how her father molested her. Although Woody Allen was never prosecuted for what he allegedly did to his then seven-year old daughter, his rumored actions could compete with Roman Polanski’s for the most abominable sexual abuse in the history of Hollywood.
As Samantha Geimer, the victim of movie director Roman Polanski pointed out, her crime was “being the rape victim of a Hollywood celebrity.” Although the scenario of Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse is different from Geimer’s, Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow tweeted right after his father received a lifetime achievement award during the Golden Globes, asking whether “the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age seven” came “before of after Annie Hall.” Victims of both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski tell the story of how the memory of sexual abuse is still vivid and blame Hollywood and the authorities for overlooking two of the most abominable wrongdoings in Tinseltown.
In 1992, while Woody Allen was facing the wrath of the paparazzi’s flashes because of his relationship with his girlfriend’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, Farrow accused the director of molesting their adopted girl, Dylan. A team of investigators came to the conclusion that Allen’s adopted daughter had not been abused, but “the judge said he found the evidence inconclusive.” After years of silence, the victim shared her feelings with the whole world via an open letter which was supported by plenty of members of the entertainment industry and even news media.
Dylan Farrow tells the story of a powerful director who was just “nominated for his latest Oscar,” but who also got away with sexually abusing his adopted daughter multiple times when she was just seven years old.
“Imagine a world that celebrates her torment,” Dylan Farrow said.
Comedy writer Jenny Johnson tweeted after the news broke that Farrow finally decided to share her traumatic experience, mentioning that she hopes this letter will “convince Hollywood to stop kissing Woody Allen’s ass,” but many celebrities including actors Adam Baldwin and Lena Dunham reacted after Dylan Farrow ended her written pledge.
“Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?” Farrow asked.
Samantha Geimer, A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski
Months before Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter in which she condemned countless Hollywood celebrities for ignoring the real face of her father, Samantha Geimer, the victim of Roman Polanski decided to tell the story in her words and publish it. Geimer, now 50 recalls the night of March 10, 1977 and how director Polanski raped her in actor Jack Nicholson’s Hollywood home when she was only 13 years old.
Unlike Allen, Polanski pleased guilty and was charged with six felony counts, but after accepting a plea deal, the director fled to France and never returned to the United States.
Haunted by the paparazzi and mocked by the District Attorney’s office, as she recalls, Geimer confesses in her book entitled The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski that her role as a victim was minimized by the fact that she was raped by a Hollywood celebrity. Now, Dylan Farrow opens a new chapter in the wrongdoings that always hovered over Woody Allen and urges Hollywood celebrities to take a stand.
Both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski have been accused of sexual abuse, but it remains to be seen which will be considered the most abominable action not necessarily by the law, but also by the public opinion. As Farrow mentions in her open letter, she takes the liberty of talking on behalf of all the sexually abused people when she says that “the message that Hollywood sends matter to them.”
Woody Allen declined to comment the accusations his adopted daughter brought to light.
By Gabriela Motroc