Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, asks why her father was spared after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #MeToo movement.
"Why Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been expelled by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multi-million dollar distribution agreement with Amazon …" Farrow wrote in an op-ed to Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
"The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades, it works for Woody Allen still," he added.
Farrow – who is one of the three children of the star with former Mia Farrow – publicly claimed that Allen abused her as a child in an emotional opinion piece for the York Times in 2014. The director He has flatly denied Dylan's accusations in the past, but declined to comment before the publication of Thursday's article.
"For a long time I have maintained that when I was 7 years old, Woody Allen guided me in an attic, away from the nannies who had been ordered never to be left alone with him," Farrow wrote in THE Times. "Then he sexually assaulted me, I told the truth to the authorities then, and I've been telling him, unaltered, for more than 20 years."
In response to Farrow's opinion article, a representative of Allen told PEOPLE: "Dylan Farrow's allegations against Woody Allen, which he made for the first time 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officers and the child welfare researchers, the researchers unequivocally concluded that Dylan Farrow was not sexually abused, no charges were filed, and the reason is simple: because Woody Allen is innocent. "
Allen's son, Ronan Farrow, also previously wrote a column for Hollywood Reporter that addressed the sexual abuse claims and condemned the media for not asking Allen about the accusations and the stars for working with him. In response, Allen said The Guardian : "I have no interest in all that, I find all the stupidity of the tabloids."
Farrow's accusations played a role in a 1993 custody hearing between his mother and Allen. "A judge denied me custody, he wrote me that" measures must be taken to protect me "and that there was" no credible evidence "that my mother, Mia Farrow, has trained me in any way. way, "he wrote. "A prosecutor took the unusual step of announcing that he had probable cause to indict Allen, but he refused it in order to prevent me, a 'child victim', from a thorough trial."
He added: "It is a testament of Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts." He also speaks of the forces that historically have protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to complicate the simple things. , to massage history. "
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Farrow went on to criticize actors, such as Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig, who have continued to work with Allen despite have publicly condemned Weinstein. For example, he noted that Lively, who starred Allen & # 39; s Café Society, praised the "uprising" against Weinstein, but said of the director: "It is very dangerous to take into account things that you do not know anything about I could [only] know my experience. "
He also accused Allen of using the same "defense through intimidation" tactics as Weinstein to stay in power. "In 1997, Connecticut magazine reported that Allen's legal team had hired private investigators, including those assigned to find damaging information about law enforcement officers working in the case of sexual abuse," he argued, among other examples.
"Even now, I hesitate to speak," she wrote. "Allen's knowledgeable affiliates know that it's unseemly to direct attacks on me, a supposed victim, and that's why the invectives are directed to my mother over and over again, it's awful and fiery."
Farrow also celebrated actors such as Ellen Page, who said she regretted working with Allen on To Rome with Love . "It meant everything to me when Ellen Page said she was sorry to work with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would," she wrote.
While Farrow says she's happy to see the culture "Shifting quickly," she said, "My claim is apparently too complicated, too difficult, too dangerous to use Lively's term, to deal with it."
He added: "It is not only power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to maintain their careers and their secrets, it is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of & # 39; ; Who can say? & # 39; "