Ronan Farrow On Why Supporting Woody Allen And His Films Hurts Survivors Of Sexual Assault
In a new column for The Hollywood Reporter, journalist Ronan Farrow calls out the film and media industries for continued support and acceptance of his father, Woody Allen.
Even after Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow claimed in 2014 that he molested her when she was 7, the director has remained a strong influence in Hollywood: His film Café Society opens the Cannes Film Festival today; he’s currently developing an untitled television series for Amazon; and he continues to be rarely questioned by the media about the allegations.
This silence was most recently evident, Farrow notes, in The Hollywood Reporter’s May 4 cover interview with Allen, in which Dylan’s claims are mentioned only indirectly, in a correction note: ” … in 1993 authorities did not dismiss charges against Allen, but declined to pursue them after an investigation.”
In his piece, Ronan Farrow admits he has silenced sexual-assault survivors himself. As a brother, he didn’t speak up for his sister following her charges, save for an occasional tweet; once, as a reporter, he didn’t press a Bill Cosby biographer about omitting the entertainer’s rape and sexual-abuse allegations from the book. After the New York Times published Dylan’s open letter claiming Allen’s sexual abuse, the newspaper gave Allen twice the space to address her allegations — showing, Farrow says, “how differently our press treats vulnerable accusers and powerful men who stand accused.”
Most important, though, is Farrow’s closing note:
It is time.