The response to Dylan Farrow’s personal letter outlining her claim of sexual abuse by Woody Allen was instantaneous and all consuming. The allegations have elicited wide-ranging responses from outrage at Allen to questions about the truth of her story. In Friday’s edition of People magazine, Farrow spoke out again about her decision to write the letter and what’s happened since.
“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.”
“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,” she says. But, she adds, “I didn’t realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude.”
One of the biggest betrayals, Farrow tells People, has been the response of her brother Moses Farrow, who responded to Dylan Farrow’s letter, saying: “Of course Woody did not molest my sister.”
“My brother has broken my heart. Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts. These lies – this betrayal – is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with,” she said. “I’m sorry,” she said, apologizing for crying. “I’m shaking right now.”
“I am hoping to help at least one person out there. And that’s why I spoke out,” Dylan Farrow said.