Unclear what will happen next in Woody Allen controversyNo, this has been resolved. There is no evidence of abuse that would hold up in any court.
A week bracketed by op-ed letters of accusation and denial of child molestation left little clarity and scant hope for resolution in a bitter saga that has haunted Woody Allen and the Farrow family for more than two decades.
The back-and-forth between Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, breathed new fire into a long dormant scandal, but what happens next is uncertain, with the possibility of legal recourse and continued scrutiny in the weeks and months ahead.
A pink site reports:
On the heels of Woody Allen‘s open letter in The New York Times where he denies every having molested his daughter and blasts her mother, Mia Farrow, for having orchestrated the claim, Dylan Farrow is fighting back.I am not sure that I can trust a site with pink headlines and which misses such a crucial "not". Of course Allen cannot change the truth. She seems to be using the word "truth" to mean her ability to tell a fabrication.
“For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life,” Dylan said in a statement obtained by RadarOnline on Saturday.
Dylan then gave a point-by-point rebuttal to Allen’s insistence that he [had NOT] abused her and was exonerated by investigators more than 20 years ago.
“Nothing he says or writes can change the truth,” Dylan said today.
NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is the one who publicized this story, and he wrote:
Dylan, Allen’s adopted daughter who is now married and living in Florida under a different name, tells me that she has been traumatized for more than two decades by what took place; last year, she was belatedly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She says that when she heard of the Golden Globe award being given to Allen she curled up in a ball on her bed, crying hysterically. ...Kristof is always writing about human rights abuses and social injustices on the other side of the world. I always assumed that he was sincerely exposing problems, even if he was a bleeding haart liberal. Now I think that he is just another dishonest leftoid propagandist.
I asked her why she’s speaking out now. She said she wants to set the record straight and give courage to victims: “I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.”
These are extremely tough issues, and certainty isn’t available. But hundreds of thousands of boys and girls are abused each year, and they deserve support and sensitivity. When evidence is ambiguous, do we really need to leap to our feet and lionize an alleged molester?
But I want to leave you with a sense of Dylan’s resolve. She declares: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 ...
Kristof pretty clearly says that Woody Allen should not get an award for his movies because of an unverified and uncertain allegation from 20 years ago against him.
NPR radio reports:
FOLKENFLIK: McBride has written extensively about the coverage of sexual abuse.Yes, I do believe that slander and libel laws have a good purpose, and that is that his right to protect his reputation does trump her right to tell an apparently-false story.
MCBRIDE: Because Woody Allen has a reputation out there, we somehow feel like his right to protect his reputation trumps her right to tell her story. And I don't think it does.
Some feminists are offering support:
Some of the most vocal and aggrieved reactions to Farrow's letter have often come from women under 40. These include 27-year-old "Girls" creator Lena Dunham, who called Farrow's words "courageous";No, Dylan Farrow is not courageous. She does not have the courage to face Woody Allen, or to face the press, or to use her current name. She may indeed be a crazy mixed up woman today, but that is more likely the fault of shrinks, n ot Allen. Whatever Allen did, it did not cause PTSD 20 years later.
Dunham may be courageous to portray herself as a crazy slut on her semi-autobiographical HBO show. But not to take cheap shots at Woody Allen.
You can read the 33-page 1993 child custody decision against Woody Allen. It is a disturbing window into the lives of rich movie-making celebrities with irresponsible child-rearing attitudes and practices. Why was Farrow adopting all those kids if she could not proved a good home for them? Things might have been different if DNA paternity tests had been available, and Allen had demanded one.
The more I hear about Dylan Farrow's mental trouble, the more I think that she needed a father, instead of being reared by crazy bitch Mia Farrow. Kay S. Hymowitz has a NY Times op-ed on How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids. Even if Allen had abused Dylan, she got worse treatment from Mia Farrow, the family court judge, and the shrinks.