Allen vs Farrow: Dylan Farrow opens up after Woody Allen, her adoptive father and the accused, calls the documentary a ‘shoddy hit piece’.
American actor Dylan Farrow released a statement on Twitter following the release of the first episode of Allen vs Farrow, the new documentary series by HBO revolving around Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen, her adoptive father.
Dylan released the message on Twitter on Monday, which read, “Thank you to everyone for their kind words, the outpouring of support means more to me than I can say.”
She further added, “Speaking the truth is so difficult, but I hope any fellow survivors who watched last night know they are not alone. The truth is something that cannot be changed.”
Thank you to everyone for their kind words, the outpouring of support means more to me than I can say ♥️ Speaking the truth is so difficult, but I hope any fellow survivors who watched last night know they are not alone. The truth is something that cannot be changed.
— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) February 22, 2021
The episode aired on Sunday night, i.e. 21 February in the US. HBO and HBO Max will air three more episodes of the series in the US every Sunday.
Claims denied by Woody Allen
Dylan has alleged for decades now that her father abused her when she was a child. The documentary featured testimony from Dylan herself, her mother Mia Farrow, her brother Ronan Farrow, as well as friends of the family. The first episode has been reviewed as ‘distressing’, ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘incredibly painful’ by the viewers.
However, Woody Allen, the renowned Hollywood film director, writer, actor, and comedian has never been charged in relation to the claims. Furthermore, he has repeatedly denied them.
The Midnight In Paris director, shortly after the premiere of the episode, released a statement via his spokesperson on Sunday night slamming the series and calling it a ‘shoddy hit piece’.
The statement further added, “These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”
Allegations by Dylan Farrow
Dylan has often spoken up against her father in the past as well. In 2018, she gave an on-camera interview to Gayle King on CBS This Morning about her claim that he molested her. Even then as well, the director denied her claims and said that these allegations were meant to destroy his career and reputation. Read more about it here.
Back in 2017, she also spoke out about why Woody Allen was getting a free pass in spite of the claims against him. She wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, in which she called out actors Blake Lively, Kate Winslet and Greta Gerwig for supporting the accused.
She wrote, “It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets,” she wrote. “It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of ‘who can say’? The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.” Read more about it here.