As more and more men in Hollywood get called out for sexual assault and harassment, Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow is wondering why her accusations against him have not been as widely believed. On CBS This Morning, she recounted the story first shared by her mother Mia Farrow in a 1992 Vanity Fair article and expressed disappointment that it has been doubted ever since.
Farrow said that when she was seven, Allen told her to play with trains and then touched her vulva. She then went to the doctor with her mother to describe the incident, but she got scared and said he touched her shoulder. She then went back in and shared the original version of the story. Allen also allegedly engaged in other questionable behaviors with her, she added, like asking her to get into bed with him when one of them was only wearing underwear.
Allen later accused Mia Farrow of telling her daughter what to say to get revenge on him for his affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi, who is now his wife.
"What I don't understand is how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I'm saying about being sexually assaulted by my father?" she said. "Every step of the way, my mother has only encouraged me to tell the truth." She broke into tears when she was played a video of Allen defending himself on 60 Minutes.
"We've gotten very attached to this concept that in order for a victim or accuser to come forward credibly that they have to be flanked by 49 other people," she added. "This is absolute garbage. It shouldn't have to be that a small army has to come forward against one person to be credible. I have come forward with evidence and I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it's important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters, and that they are enough to change things."
Meanwhile, Allen continues to deny the allegations, saying in a statement that the Farrows are “cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation." The statement continues:
"I never molested my daughter—as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago. When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare," he said in a statement to the Press Association. "They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup. Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that—relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked—and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says."
Recently, several actors who have worked with Allen voiced their support for Farrow. Mira Sorvino, who starred in his film Mighty Aphrodite, wrote an open letter apologizing to her for working with him. Similarly, Timothée Chalamet donated his salary from the Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to Time's Up, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), and the LGBT Center in New York in attempt to make up for any negative impact he had. His castmate Rebecca Hall also donated her salary from the movie to Time's Up, writing on Instagram, "my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed."