Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Woody Allen In First TV Interview
For the first time, Dylan Farrow has appeared on television to detail her sexual assault allegations against her adoptive father and director Woody Allen. In an interview with Gayle King that aired Thursday on CBS This Morning, Farrow says that she felt the need to show her face and tell her story. “I want to speak out. Literally.”
During the segment, Farrow describes the incident with Allen in detail. ”I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother's country house in Connecticut by my father,” she tells King. “He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted.” She further explains: "As a 7-year-old, I would have said he touched my 'private parts,' which I did say. As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”
Allen was never charged in this case. Investigations found that the abuse did not happen, while the state prosecutor on the case said there was probable cause to charge Allen, but that he thought Farrow was too fragile to face a trial. At one point during the interview, King asks Farrow if she wishes she filed charges and took the stand anyway, to which Farrow says: “You know, honestly yes… I was already traumatized… Here’s the thing. I mean, outside of a court of law, we do know what happened in the attic on that day. I just told you.”
Farrow has been very vocal over the past couple of months in calling out actors and actresses who claim to support the #MeToo movement yet still work with Allen. When King brings this up, echoing segments made by stars like Kate Winslet who claim to not know enough details about the case to have an opinion on it, Farrow says: “So find out. I mean, it’s really like I said, it’s so easy in this day and age.”
Following the Golden Globes, celebrities like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, and Greta Gerwig have spoken out against Allen, with the former two even donating their salaries from their roles to Time’s Up, RAINN, and The LGBT Center in New York. Farrow hopes others will follow in their footsteps and acknowledge their complicity. “Because I have been saying this—I have been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years and I have been systematically shut down, ignored, or discredited,” she says. “If they can't acknowledge the accusations of one survivor's, how are they going to stand for all of us?”
When asked if Farrow was caught up in the Me Too movement and trying to “bring Woody Allen down,” Farrow remained composed and responded with: “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” She continues: “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”
Allen continues to deny the allegations. You can read the statement he provided to CBS This Morning, here.