Dylan Farrow appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the abuse she withstood from her adoptive father Woody Allen.


Farrow first came forward with her claims against the director in 1993, when she was just seven years old. Rumors have encircled Allen for years, but Hollywood has yet to punish him as they have other stars, and the 82-year-old is still making movies to this day.

In the interview, an emotional Farrow recounted the details of his abuse, specifically one day that sticks out in her memory. “I was taken to a small attic crawl space… He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up,” she said. “As I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted. As a 7-year-old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts. As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”

In a particularly emotional part of the interview, co-anchor Gayle King played a clip from 60 Minutes in which Allen, as he always has, vehemently denied Farrow’s claims. He says the child was told to lie by her mother Mia Farrow as part of a dirty custody battle scheme. “He’s lying and he’s been lying for so long,” Farrow said through tears at the end. “I loved my father. I respected him. He was my hero. And that doesn’t obviously take away from what he did. But it does make the betrayal and the hurt that much more intense.”

Farrow has never faltered in her claims against her adoptive father, but her story has come back into prominence in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the cultural enlightenment about sexual assault. “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” said Farrow in a previously released clip. “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage that after all these years, being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”

In response, Allen issued another response similar to everything else he’s said in response to his daughter’s claims against him. In it, he blames the Time’s Up initiative for the resurgence of what he calls a “discredited allegation.” “Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago,” the director said.

In December, Farrow wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about her part in the #MeToo movement. “We are in the midst of a revolution. From allegations against studio heads and journalists, to hotel maids recounting abuses on the job, women are exposing the truth and men are losing their jobs,” she wrote. “But the revolution has been selective.” She spoke about this in more detail during her CBS This Morning interview.

Allen has been steeped in controversy for decades, starting with Farrow. Around the same time of those allegations, Allen was caught by his then-wife Mia Farrow with nude photos of her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. The pair, however, began a sexual relationship – he was 57, she, 21. They married in 1997 and have been together ever since.

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