NEW YORK – The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has spoken for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered during her childhood at the hands of the legendary Hollywood director.
In an open letter published on a New York Times blog, Dylan Farrow, adopted by Allen during his relationship with actress Mia Farrow, detailed being abused by the director when she was 7 years old.
“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me,” Farrow, 28, 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.”
It is the first time Dylan Farrow has spoken publicly about the unproven allegations of abuse, which emerged more than two decades ago in the aftermath of Allen’s acrimonious split with Mia Farrow in 1992.
Allen, who left Mia Farrow after starting a relationship with her adopted daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, has always vigorously denied abusing Dylan Farrow.
A New York judge in the 1994 custody battle between Allen and Farrow ruled that the abuse allegations were inconclusive, but at the same time lambasted the director as “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive.”
His adopted daughter accused the Hollywood establishment of sweeping Allen’s alleged crimes under the carpet by continuing to honor his films.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” she wrote.
“Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.”