Not everyone thinks Woody Allen is guilty of child molestation.
The decades-old allegations that the legendary filmmaker sexually assaulted his then-partner Mia Farrow’s seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan, in 1985 reemerged recently after a Vanity Fair story in which Mia insisted that Allen is guilty. When Allen was awarded with a lifetime achievement award during January’s Golden Globes, the “Rosemary’s Baby” actress and prolific tweeter brought up the allegations once again.
Ronan Farrow, the biological son of either Allen or Frank Sinatra, also tweeted during the ceremony: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”
And over this past weekend, Dylan stood by her allegations in a lengthy and damning piece on Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times blog, which both detailed the abuse and also eviscerated Hollywood for celebrating Allen.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?” she wrote. “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?”
After the Times piece was published, Allen’s attorney said in a statement on Sunday: “It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”
Of course, it isn’t too far of a stretch to imagine that Allen is guilty of something like this. After all, the reason that Allen and Mia split up and engaged in a bitter custody battle was because she found Allen’s nude photos of her 19-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi. And in his iconic film “Manhattan,” Allen’s forty-something character glamorizes an affair he has with a 17-year-old high school girl.
After a long custody battle, which is when the abuse allegation went public, Mia was granted majority custody of their three shared kids, including Ronan. Soon-Yi and Allen infamously married a few years later and have been estranged from Mia and Soon-Yi’s siblings ever since.
But no matter how disturbing his relationship with Soon-Yi might be or how icky his fictional “Manhattan” character is, there is a big difference between a 19-year-old woman and a seven-year-old girl.