The adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow has been under an excruciating microscope since she repeated and detailed her allegations that the Oscar-winning director sexually assaulted her as a child. There are those that steadfastly believe her. And then there are those -- like her own brother, Moses -- who do not. Dylan has watched as her mother, Mia, has been blamed for the story -- with Allen, through his attorney, claiming that a vindictive Farrow "implanted" the molestation story in Dylan's mind during their bitter custody battle as a result of Mia discovering that Allen was having an affair with her then-19-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Dylan has now spoken out about those allegations, telling People magazine that in no way did her mother ever tell her to make up a molestation story about Allen.
Dylan, who lives in Florida and is now 28, 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 ...
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.
She said she finally decided to speak out when her brother, Ronan (known as the biological son of Allen -- though Farrow hinted he may actually be Frank Sinatra's child), tweeted a derogatory comment about Allen while he was being honored at the Golden Globes, and realized that if he could stand up for her, she should also stand up for herself.
Since Dylan's open letter was published in The New York Times, there has been a tremendous backlash -- against both Allen and Farrow. Even Dylan has received her fair share of harsh words, with people accusing her of being brainwashed or just wanting attention. She told People:
I knew there were people saying I was a liar and that this was part of some smear campaign -- some bitter vendetta of my mother's ... 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.
Unfortunately, what happened to Dylan after her revelation is exactly what happens to victims much of the time -- they are accused of fabricating events, misremembering, or just wanting attention. All of this is thousandfold for Dylan since her family is famous.
She told her truth when she was 7 years old and went through hell then, so it's amazing she decided to tell it again at 28. Of course, no one knows what happened except Dylan and Allen, so those of us on the outside can't say with absolute certainty that one story is truth, one not.
But Dylan said she finally came forward to help others in the same situation, and hopefully her story has done that. The fame of her family may have made this hell much worse for her, but it's also her fame that is spotlighting this issue much more so than other victims ever have a chance to do.
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