On Saturday, the NY Times published online an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow. The intimate letter detailed her alleged sexual assault at the age of seven by her father, one of Hollywood’s most revered filmmakers. In the piece, Dylan asks the fans, actors, and entire Hollywood institution to reconsider their reverence of the man — and many are listening. Check out the reaction of Vampire Diaries star Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) to the unsettling piece.
“Woody Allen is a sick man,” Steven tweeted yesterday along with a link to the letter, apparently taking Dylan’s claim that “Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse” to heart. Now a 28-year-old writer and artist living in Florida, Dylan’s decision to re-assert the claims she first made as a child was partly spurred by the Golden Globe’s choice to recently award Woody Allen with its lifetime achievement award.
“Today, I consider myself lucky. I am happily married. I have the support of my amazing brothers and sisters. I have a mother who found within herself a well of fortitude that saved us from the chaos a predator brought into our home,” wrote Dylan. “But others are still scared, vulnerable, and struggling for the courage to tell the truth. The message that Hollywood sends matters for them.”
Steven isn’t the only Hollywood star who is speaking out in the wake of Dylan’s letter. Girls creator and star Lena Dunham tweeted, "To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous. Please read." Later, she expressed happiness that her timelines was “full of so much love and respect for Dylan.” The specific actors Dylan called out in her letter — Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis CK, Emma Stone, and Scarlett Johansson — have more-or-less not yet responded to Dylan’s words, aside from Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace,” Cate said, according to journalist Jeffrey Wells.
Alec took to Twitter to share his opinion: “What the f—k is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family’s personal struggle? You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue,” Alec tweeted in response to a fan asking about the situation. “USA is supposed to be THE place where you get a fair trial. Can a fair trial be conducted w everyone’s tired opinions on the internet? Americans have fallen victim to a sanctimony about things they know little about. You don’t ‘defend’ either party. You defend due process.”
Presumably, there will be much more reaction and discussion surrounding this letter and the important, confusing, and complex questions it brings forth.
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