Dylan Farrow, daughter of Rosemary’s Baby star Mia Farrow appeared for on television for the first time to detail her abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, Woody Allen; especially as Hollywood is now blessedly putting sexual abuse in the industry into focus.
In an interview with Gayle King that aired Thursday on CBS This Morning, Farrow said she felt that it was now time to show her face to tell her story. “I want to speak out. Literally.”
In the show, Farrow describes the assault that occurred when she was seven years old in detail:
”I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father. 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.”
She elaborated: “As a 7-year-old, I would have said he touched my ‘private parts,’ which I did say. As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.”
Allen was never charged in the case, as investigators found that the abuse did not happen, even though the state prosecutor ruled there was probable cause to charge Allen. He just thought that Farrow was too young and fragile to face trial at the time.
King then asked Farrow if she wished she filed charges and took the stand anyway, to which Dylan says: “You know, honestly yes… I was already traumatized… Here’s the thing. I mean, outside of a court of law, we do know what happened in the attic on that day. I just told you.”
Farrow became very vocal in the past months in calling out actors and actresses who claimed to support the #MeToo sexual assault survivor movement but continued to work with Allen.
King makes the statement of Titanic actress Kate Winslet, who claimed to not know enough about Allen’s case to “have an opinion on it.”
“So find out. I mean, it’s really like I said, it’s so easy in this day and age,” said Farrow.
Farrow hopes that Hollywood actors and actresses address ‘their complicity’ in letting sexual predators roam free and keep being tolerated just because they are influential directors or producers.
“Because I have been saying this—I have been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years and I have been systematically shut down, ignored, or discredited,” she says. “If they can’t acknowledge the accusations of one survivor’s, how are they going to stand for all of us?”
When asked if Farrow was caught up in the Me Too movement and trying to “bring Woody Allen down,” Farrow remained composed and responded with: “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” She continues: “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”