Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow pens letter about alleged sexual abuse

Julia Alexander, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:44 PM ET

Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, has penned an open letter detailing the events surrounding her alleged sexual assault committed by her adopted father, Woody Allen.

Published through the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof's weekly blog, the letter addressed previous accusations from Farrow of Allen's ongoing sexual abuse toward her when she was a child.

"...when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me," Farrow wrote.

Farrow explained that the alleged attic event (as previously reported in a Vanity Fair profile on the Farrow clan last year), was just one of many encounters.

"I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out," she said.

The ongoing case surrounding the alleged abuse "scarred" Farrow, and eventually led to her self-cutting and eating disorder issues she battled growing up.

Farrow argues, however, that what made the ordeal even more trying and horrifying was the way Hollywood reacted to the allegations and news. Farrow said friends like Diane Keaton "turned a blind eye" on Farrow after the case began to quiet down, while networks and celebrities celebrated her adopted father for his achievements in film.

"For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away' Farrow wrote, a week following Allen's Oscar nomination for Blue Jasmine.

Toward the end of the letter, Farrow specifically calls out some of the actors and actresses in Blue Jasmine, along with others who have worked with him on previous films, asking them to consider Allen from a different perspective; one of a parent.

"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?"

Although it's been years since news of the alleged assault was originally reported, controversy has sparked once more when Ronan Farrow, Dylan's brother, tweeted about the allegations following the director's lifetime achievement award at this year's Golden Globes.

The Farrow family have not spoken to Woody Allen since the incident was reported in 1993.


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