Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen's Letter: "I Won't Be Silenced"
And so the cycle continues. After Dylan Farrow penned a New York Times letter detailing Woody Allen's alleged abuse, and after Allen, in turn, published a New York Times op-ed insisting he's innocent of the claims, Farrow responded to Allen's response Friday. (The Blue Jasmine director wrote in his letter that it would be his last word on the case.) In the response, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow claimed Allen's letter was "an effort to discredit and silence me - but nothing he says or writes can change the truth."
In Farrow's response, the daughter of Allen's ex-partner countered his legal claims in his letter, citing reports from outlets like Vanity Fair (which published an interview with Farrow in 2013 about the alleged incident with Allen):
He insists my mother brought criminal charges - in fact, it was a pediatrician who reported the incident to the police based on my firsthand account. He suggests that no one complained of his misconduct prior to his assault on me - court documents show that he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as “inappropriate” behavior with me from as early as 1991. He offers a carefully worded claim that he passed a lie detector test - in fact, he refused to take the test administered by the state police (he hired someone to administer his own test, which authorities refused to accept as evidence).
Whereas Farrow's first letter was emotional — inciting anger in many on the Web who read the story — Mia Farrow's daughter opted to counter Allen's clinical response with the facts of the case, including one final point: "The Connecticut State prosecutor found 'probable cause' to prosecute, but made the decision not to in an effort to protect 'the child victim,' given my fragile state."
Not to say that Farrow didn't still appeal to the heart. As she wrote in her response:
From the bottom of my heart, I will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from survivors and countless others. If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me.
The alleged victim ended with one more powerful claim, "I won't let the truth be buried and I won't be silenced."
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