Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow was never able to testify against him in court for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 7 years old — but she is telling the world about it now.
No doubt spurred on by Allen's lifetime achievement award from the Golden Globes, Farrow penned an open letter published in The New York Times detailing her side of the story — and it is utterly shocking.
"What's your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: 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," Farrow wrote.
"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."
Farrow goes on to describe the harrowing legal battle that ensued — resulting in Allen losing custody entirely but never facing criminal charges — and the effect those years had on her: an eating disorder, self-mutilation and the humiliation of seeing her alleged abuser lauded by Hollywood.
But now she's calling out some of those very famous names in a way that is impossible to ignore.
"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?" she asked.
Farrow continued, "Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
"So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.
"Are you imagining that? Now, what's your favorite Woody Allen movie?" she concluded.
Allen later married Soon-Yi Previn, a woman whom he had raised with Mia Farrow as his daughter. Dylan's story has been long defended by her mother and her brother, Ronan Farrow.
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