Writer, director, actor, comedian Woody Allen was honored at the 71st Annual Golden Globes with a flattering introduction from Emma Stone, a comprehensive video tribute, and a sweet (if not meandering) tribute speech from his longtime friend, Diane Keaton.
Ronan Farrow, was less than pleased with the spectacle, though. Farrow is the son of Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow, though there has been much speculation that he might actually be Frank Sinatra's son. During the tribute to Allen, the recipient of this year's Cecil B. DeMille award, Ronan Farrow tweeted about the accusations of child molestation levied against Allen by Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan.
Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 13, 2014
Dylan goes by another name, now, but she discussed the supposed incident with Vanity Fair last year.
According to Dylan, “There’s a lot I don’t remember, but what happened in the attic I remember. I remember what I was wearing and what I wasn’t wearing.” She tells Orth, “The things making me uncomfortable were making me think I was a bad kid, because I didn’t want to do what my elder told me to do.” The attic, she says, pushed her over the edge. “I was cracking. I had to say something. I was seven. I was doing it because I was scared. I wanted it to stop.” For all she knew, she tells Orth, “this was how fathers treated their daughters. This was normal interaction, and I was not normal for feeling uncomfortable about it.” Woody Allen’s lawyer Elkan Abramowitz says that Allen still denies the allegations of sexual abuse.
Dylan tells Orth that Allen contacted her twice by mail. The second time, during her senior year of college, a large stuffed manila envelope arrived at the school, filled with pictures of Allen with Dylan. “I should have recognized the handwriting—I didn’t. It had a fake return name: Lehman.” According to her, the accompanying letter read, “I thought you’d want some pictures of us, and I want you to know that I still think of you as my daughter, and my daughters think of you as their sister. Soon-Yi misses you.” It was signed “Your father.” Dylan wonders to Orth, “How do your daughters think of me as their sister? How does that work?” When asked about the letters, Sheila Riesel, another of Allen’s attorneys, called it a “private matter,” adding, “This is a man who loves all of his children and should be respected for that.” [Vanity Fair]
Woody Allen has since married Soon-Yi Previn, one of the other children that Mia Farrow adopted. For her part, Mia Farrow joined her son in commenting on the Golden Globes ceremony for Allen, tweeting:
Time to grab some icecream & switch over to #GIRLS
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 13, 2014