Dylan Farrow has penned an open letter detailing the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered as a young girl at the hands of her adoptive father, Woody Allen.
Writing on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times blog, Farrow notes, "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."
A rep for Allen told TVGuide.com: "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon."
Farrow's brother, Ronan, revisited the allegations against Allen when the director was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month. "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?" he tweeted.
Dylan Farrow alleges that Allen abused her throughout her childhood. "He would take me away from my mom, siblings and friends to be alone with him," she writes. "I didn't like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn't like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn't like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. ... I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn't keep the secret anymore."
These accusations of abuse first surfaced in 1992, when Allen and actress and Dylan's mother Mia Farrow split up. Allen was never prosecuted and has consistently denied the allegations.
Farrow also says that her mother had no idea the abuse was happening until Dylan asked her mother if her father had done similar things. "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," she writes. "These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal."
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Now happily married, Farrow says she struggled with guilt and mistrust issues, an eating disorder, and cutting herself as a result of the abuse. "That torment was made worse by Hollywood," she writes. "Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines. Each time I saw my abuser's face - on a poster, on a t-shirt, on television - I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and 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."
Farrow ends the letter by directly addressing actors and actresses who have praised Allen over the years, including Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansson. "Imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen," Farrow writes. "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?"
Read Farrow's full letter here. What do you think of her comments?
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