Woody Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow has gone into graphic detail for the first time on television, about how the director allegedly sexually assaulted her when she was a child.
'I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother's country house in Connecticut by my father,' said Farrow, who was adopted by the director and actress Mia Farrow, in an emotional interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Thursday.
'He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted.
'As a 7-year-old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts,' Farrow continued a she described what allegedly took place one August day in 1992, while her mom was out shopping.
'As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger,' Farrow continued in the first TV interview to detail the molestation claims, repeating the account she gave in a New York Times op-ed in 2014.
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Dylan Farrow appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday to repeat her claims that she was sexually molested by her former stepfather Woody Allen when she was a child. She is now 32
She told CBS's Gayle King that she had every right to want to 'bring Allen down' along with the rafts of other men who have been destroyed by sexual assault allegations and revelations in the past six months
Farrow says she told her mother Mia about the allegations at the time, who reportedly took Dylan to the pediatrician, but she says she was too embarrassed to tell the doctor what occurred.
Now she says she is 'outraged' about being'tossed aside' for finally sharing the story of her abuse.
'I loved my father. I respected him. He was my hero. And that doesn't obviously take away from what he did,' she said. 'But it does make the betrayal and the hurt that much more intense.'
Allen, 82, has once again rejected claims he molested his adopted daughter and accused his 'angry' ex-wife Mia Farrow of 'relentlessly coaching' the 32-year-old into thinking he was a 'dangerous sexual predator'.
'He's lying, and he's been lying for so long,' said Farrow, who broke down after the statement was read on the show admitted it was still 'difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice. I'm sorry.'
But she was furious over his claims that her mother had 'coached' her to make up the story.
Allen (pictured with his then-wife Mia Farrow and their daughter Dylan) claims Mia 'brainwashed' their daughter
'What I don't understand is, how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I'm saying about being sexually assaulted by my father?'
Dylan said her father was also always touching and cuddling her, something he didn't do with her brother, Ronan, and claims he invited her into his bed while he was only wearing his underwear - and often she was just wearing her underwear.
The claims were investigated by officials from New York State and Yale New Haven Hospital who did not find evidence of abuse.
Connecticut state prosecutor Frank Maco, questioned the credibility of the New Haven report and said there was probable cause to charge Allen in 1993.
But no charges were ever filed as they didn't want a child to be subjected to a celebrity trial.
Now, in the light of the Me Too and Time's Up movements to expose sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the claims have resurfaced.
The accusations against Allen were first made in 1992 and he has never faced charges'I never molested my daughter': Woody Allen's statement in full refuting Dylan Farrow's claims
When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare.
They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.
Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that – relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says.
But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.
'I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it's important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things,' Farrow said in the first part of her CBS interview yesterday.
'Why shouldn't I want to bring him down? Why shouldn't I be angry? Why shouldn't I be hurt? Why shouldn't I feel some sort of outrage that after all these years, being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside...'
Yet Allen claims in his statement that the Farrows were hijacking the popular Me Too and Times Up movements, to tackle sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, for their own gains.
'Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past,' the Annie Hall director said in his statement.
He added that the investigations into the alleged abuse found no evidence of molestation, but 'found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.'
Farrow first alleged she was molested by Allen, when she was just seven years old, in 1992. For the first time in a TV interview, Farrow described what allegedly took place on the day in question, while her mom was out shopping
'He's been lying for so long',' said Farrow, who was adopted by the director and actress Mia Farrow, in an emotional interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Thursday
'Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that – relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says.'
In February 2014, Farrow, now 32, wrote an open letter in The New York Times in which she describes the alleged behavior by her adoptive father.
Allen, she writes, would 'stick his thumb in my mouth'.
He also allegedly made her climb into bed with him 'when he was in his underwear' and 'would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.'
Allen denied the allegations.
Only on @CBSThisMorning, Dylan Farrow addresses alleged sexual abuse by her adoptive father, Woody Allen. For 25 years, Farrow has insisted Allen sexually assaulted her when she was a child. In her conversation with @GayleKing, Farrow explains why now is the time to speak out: pic.twitter.com/Sfsz4YK0hu— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 17, 2018
Woody Allen's daughter has once again insisted she is telling the truth about being molested by him when she was just seven years old. Dylan Farrow (pictured with an unidentified child), who was adopted by the director (left) and actress Mia Farrow (right), has given her first TV interview on the subject during which she stands by her claims
He wrote his own response to the Times saying that the authorities exonerated him of any wrongdoing.
The details came out in a bitter custody dispute and Hollywood initially dismissed the claims.
But it appears the tide may be turning given the recent scandals.
This week Farrow thanked Mira Sorvino for a letter saying she now believed the allegations having batted them away as lies in the early 90s.
In the letter which was published by Huffington Post, Sorvino writes that she chalked up Dylan Farrow's claims that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child to 'an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between' the Annie Hall director and his former partner.
Farrow's brother Ronan, who is Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's only biological child, was integral in exposing the sexual abuse of Harvey Weinstein in October. He has said publicly that he is sympathetic with Dylann
'I am writing to express my belief in and support of you,' Sorvino writes.
'I am overwhelmed and my gratitude to you cannot be expressed sufficiently in words,' Farrow tweeted to Sorvino on Thursday.
'This letter is beautiful and I will carry your words with me.
'Your courage has been boundless and your activism an example for us all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.'
Sorvino responded to Farrow with a tweet that read: 'I am so deeply happy that you felt good about it.'
Sorvino, 50, apologized to Farrow, 32, for 'not looking further' into her allegations that she first revealed to her mother in 1993.
Sorvino writes that it was difficult to publicly renounce Allen, the director who cast her in the 1995 romantic comedy Mighty Aphrodite.
Her work on the film earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress.
Mighty Aphrodite was a film distributed by Miramax, a company founded by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein.
Sorvino was one of the first actresses to publicly come forward with accusations that Harvey Weinstein harassed her in Toronto in 1995.
After she refused his advances, Sorvino said Weinstein had her 'blacklisted' by telling other filmmakers that she was difficult to work with, likely costing her roles in Hollywood.
Weinstein has denied the allegations.
Sorvino writes that it was difficult to publicly renounce Allen, the director who cast her in the 1995 romantic comedy Mighty Aphrodite. Her work on the film earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Sorvino and Allen are seen above in a scene from the film
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (above) now believes Woody Allen's adopted daughter's claims that the famed director sexually molested her when she was a child
Describing herself at the time as a 'naïve young actress,' Sorvino writes that she and Allen were 'friendly though not close' during the filming of the movie and that during their time together 'in no way did he ever overstep his bounds with me.'
'I never personally experienced [with Allen] what has now been described as inappropriate behavior toward young girls,' Sorvino writes.
'But this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so.'MIRA SORVINO PENS LETTER APOLOGIZING TO DYLAN FARROW
Hello. I apologize for this being the first time I address you in print, what will be the first of several apologies today.
I am writing to express my belief in and support of you.
I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress.
I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry.
For this I also owe an apology to Mia.
What I have to say next is not a justification, simply a description of my background with Woody at that time and since.
As an adolescent, I cherished my copy of his book “Without Feathers.”
I played the Diane Keaton role in a high school production of “Play It Again, Sam” and had grown up, like so many in my generation, in awe of his films.
As a young actress I landed the dream role of Linda Ash in “Mighty Aphrodite,” and the artistic license he allowed me to create the character was thrilling.
We were friendly though not close, but in no way did he ever overstep his bounds with me; I never personally experienced what has now been described as inappropriate behavior toward young girls.
But this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so.
It is difficult to sever ties and denounce your heroes, your benefactors, whom you fondly admired and felt a debt of gratitude toward for your entire career’s existence.
To decide, although they may be fantastically talented and helped you enormously, that you believe they have done things for which there can be no excuse.
But that is where we stand today.
In December I called your brother Ronan, sharing about the aftermath of my and other women’s coming forward about Harvey Weinstein.
How it had been a sometimes empowering, sometimes bitter and heartbreaking experience, as more and more details came out of hidden damage this man had done me.
Of how I felt somehow more vulnerable and triggered (though certainly grateful) when millions of people showed me their support online, as though now my life had been reduced to one victimization... I told him I wanted to learn more about you and your situation.
He pointed me toward publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of, which made me begin to feel the evidence strongly supported your story.
That you have been telling the truth all along.
I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you.
As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!
We are in a day and age when everything must be re-examined.
This kind of abuse cannot be allowed to continue. If this means tearing down all the old gods, so be it.
The cognitive dissonance, the denial and cowardice that spare us painful truths and prevent us from acting in defense of innocent victims while allowing “beloved” individuals to continue their heinous behavior must be jettisoned from the bottom of our souls.
Even if you love someone, if you learn they may have committed these despicable acts, they must be exposed and condemned, and this exposure must have consequences. I will never work with him again.
I am sorry it has taken me a few weeks to come out in support of you since that conversation, but it has been a process for me to own this truth and make this irrevocable break.
I send you love and inclusion and admiration for your courage all this time. I believe you!!! I am grateful to you and admire your integrity and bravery, one woman who has had to stand virtually alone all these years speaking her painful truth. You are a true hero, and I stand with you.
In gratitude and solidarity,