Woody Allen, still standing accused of sexually abusing his adoptive daughter, still making movies with Academy Award nominees. In his next film, Irrational Man, Emma Stone, his latest muse/obsession, plays a college student who falls for her professor (Joaquin Phoenix). Gotta love those relevant power dynamics.
In a recent interview in Time Out New York, Lena Dunham told her Girls co-producer Jenni Konner that she’d been moved to speak out against Woody Allen by the moral courage of her longtime mentor Judd Apatow. According to Dunham, the powerful Hollywood director was “one of the first people ever to speak out against Woody Allen.” But, uh—did he?
Dylan Farrow, responding to accusations that she has been both brainwashed by her mother Mia Farrow and that she's purposely tanking her father Woody Allen's Oscar chances, tells People that neither of these claims are true: she is, according to the interview, hoping that by speaking out, she'll "help at least one person out there."
Woody Allen appears ready to publicly address his daughter Dylan Farrow's accusations of sexual abuse. According to The New York Times, Allen has "asked for, and may get, a chance to respond — in an Op-Ed piece." Whether or not the piece will actually be published "comes down to the editing process."
Woody Allen's lawyers and friends are quick to argue that the latest round of child abuse accusations against the actor are perfectly timed to destroy what should have been a fruitful awards season. But the real truth is that these allegations, these stories, and Allen's history with young women have been a matter of public record for at least 20 years.