Dylan Farrow is not backing down from her sexual abuse claims against her adopted father Woody Allen despite the allegations that she made up the story of the movie director sexually molesting her during her childhood.
Dylan, 28, had written an open letter on February 1 detailing the sexual abuse, but some people are saying she did it to jeopardize Allen’s chances to win an Oscar for his movie Blue Jasmine.
Her own brother Moses even spoke up against her, saying that Allen never molested her, that the letter was cooked up by his mother Mia Farrow as revenge for his dumping her to marry his adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Responding to these claims, Dylan, a happily married writer, told People:
It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there. That is my only ammunition. I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.
On the Oscar sabotage and her mother’s involvement claims, Dylan said:
I’m happy to answer that. My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.
People are saying that I am not actually remembering what I remember. People are saying that my ‘evil mother’ brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior – this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims – is accepted and excused.
Dylan says she knew her open letter would cause some ‘backlash’ but ‘I didn’t realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude,’ referring to Moses’ ‘betrayal’. Sobbing, she told the magazine:
My brother has broken my heart. Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts. These lies – this betrayal – is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with. [Apologizing for crying] I’m sorry, I’m shaking right now.
He has betrayed me in the cruelest way imaginable, and betrayed my family and my mother who has loved him since day one. His betrayal is the lowest form of evil that I could ever imagine.
It’s lies. It’s all lies. My memories are true. What happened to me as a little girl … is my cross to bear. But I will not see my family dragged down like this. I can’t stay silent when my family needs me.
Dylan also said she once loved her father Woody Allen so much, and that was why it was ‘so hard’ for her to write the letter.