Screenwriter and director of the 2011 PBS film Woody Allen: A Documentary Robert B. Weide published a widely circulated Daily Beast piece “The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast” in 2014. The piece was ostensibly interrogative though some interpreted it as dog whistling sympathy for Allen. In it, Weide responded to the outrage directed at Woody Allen’s lifetime achievement Golden Globe that year (including accusatory tweets by Allen’s ex Mia Farrow and son Ronan Farrow)—Weide had contributed to the honor by producing the clips reel of Allen’s work that preceded Diane Keaton’s acceptance speech. By mere days, the publishing of Weide’s piece preceded Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow’s account of her abuse at Allen’s hands when she was seven years old, which ran on Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times blog as “An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow.”
Scarlett Johansson has a bunch of movies coming out (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and sci-fi flick Under the Skin), and so a bunch of publications are profiling her—namely The Guardian and The New Yorker. And so people are asking her about things and she is talking about things. Things like working with Woody Allen and her SodaStream/Oxfam debacle.
Longtime New York Times book critic Janet Maslin, in a panel discussion last night, told an audience that Dylan Farrow had published her child-abuse accusations against her father, Woody Allen, in the Times as a way of “calling attention to herself,” inspired by “sibling rivalry issues” with her brother Ronan Farrow.
Friday night, the New York Times published Woody Allen's response to his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow's open letter, in which she detailed her sexual assault allegations against Allen. In the response, Allen denied abusing Farrow, blaming the ordeal on the fallout from his "acrimonious breakup" with her mother, Mia.
Today Woody Allen's lawyer and publicist released separate statements responding to his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow's claims of sexual abuse. The statements — which, in a sure coincidence, were sent out as the world mourned Philip Seymour Hoffman — lays the blame for Farrow's trauma at the feet of her mother, Allen's estranged ex-partner Mia Farrow.