“The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still,” Allen’s daughter writes in an op-ed for the L.A. Times.
Dylan Farrow, daughter of director Woody Allen, is criticizing Hollywood and the media for willingly overlooking past sexual assault allegations leveled against her father in the midst of the industry’s anti-harassment movement.
In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times titled “Why Has the #MeToo Revolution Spared Woody Allen?” Farrow questions why prominent industry figures – such as disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Amazon Studios exec Roy Price, Kevin Spacey and others – have been “cast out by Hollywood” as a result of women and men coming forward with harassment accusations, while Allen still has a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon.
Farrow’s brother, Ronan Farrow, played a significant role in the takedown of Weinstein after the publication of an explosive exposé in The New Yorker, the result of a 10-month investigation, detailing multiple allegations of harassment and assault.
“We are in the midst of a revolution. From allegations against studio heads and journalists, to hotel maids recounting abuses on the job, women are exposing the truth and men are losing their jobs,” Farrow writes. “But the revolution has been selective.”
Farrow, who first alleged decades ago that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old, asserts that the details of the alleged incident, her family’s custody battle and the director’s “pattern of inappropriate behavior” have not been properly exposed to the public.
“It is a testament to Allen’s public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts,” she says. “It also speaks to the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story.”
Farrow continues, “In this deliberately created fog, A-list actors agree to appear in Allen’s films and journalists tend to avoid the subject.”
Farrow calls out actresses who have collaborated with her father in the past – including Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig – and applauded women for speaking out against sexual misconduct, while declining to comment on allegations facing Allen.
Farrow notes, “Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult, too ‘dangerous,’ to use Lively’s term, to confront. … The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it.”
The column ends with a call to reevaluate the larger “system” that worked for figures like Weinstein for years.
“It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets. It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of ‘who can say?’” Farrow writes. “The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.”