Dylan Farrow opened up about Woody Allen on TV for the first time, saying, “As I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted”
Dylan Farrow has been speaking out for years. But this week marks the first time the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow went on TV to tell her story of alleged sexual assault at the hands of her adoptive father. Farrow opened up to Gayle King on CBS This Morning in an interview that aired Wednesday and Thursday, and once again asked why, in this #TimesUp moment, her alleged abuser still isn’t being held accountable for his actions. “I want to show my face and tell my story,” Farrow told King.
That story has stayed the same in the three decades since Farrow says it happened — in 1992 when she was just seven years old:
"I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father," Farrow says in the interview. "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."
Allen has always denied Farrow’s allegations against him and told CBS News in a statement that his estranged daughter is “cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation.”
But her adoptive father’s denial has never weakened Dylan Farrow’s resolve.
As the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have cranked up the pressure on predatory men, leading to many being called out for their behavior, Farrow has been a vocal advocate of the progress the conversation is making and a vocal critic of those in Hollywood who she says are complicit in perpetuating a toxic hierarchy of abuse.
And while stars like Kate Winslet and Alec Baldwin have made headlines in recent weeks for supporting Allen, others have publicly backed up Farrow. Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo took Allen, and those who side with him, to task on Twitter earlier this month, Natalie Portman and others told Oprah they believe Farrow, and Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet has announced he’ll be donating his earnings from Allen’s upcoming film to the Time’s Up legal fund and other victims’ rights organizations.
But Farrow says she’s not angry with the celebrities who are not speaking out on her behalf.
She’d just like them to take a step back and reflect on what their silence is really saying:
"I hope that, you know, especially since so many of them have been vocal advocates of this #MeToo and Time’s Up movement, that they can acknowledge their complicity and maybe hold themselves accountable to how they have perpetuated this culture of silence in their industry."
Watch the full interview with Dylan Farrow above.