Ronan Farrow Attacks Father Woody Allen’s Film Stars
Broadcaster Ronan Farrow attacked the stars of his estranged father Woody Allen’s new movie for signing up to work with the director despite his links to an alleged child molestation scandal.
Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, and Jesse Eisenberg joined the filmmaker for the premiere of his new film Cafe Society at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, and Farrow is disgusted his dad still has so much Hollywood support after he and his mother, Mia Farrow, accused Allen of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter.
“They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions,” Farrow tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.”
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
“Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies,” he adds. “It hurts my sister every time one of her heroes, like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen.”
The moviemaker has never been charged and has always maintained his innocence, but Farrow is convinced his sister wasn’t lying when she opened up about her experiences with their father.
He admits he initially urged her to stop talking about the molestation, because he had just started work on a book and a TV series.
“It was the last association I wanted,” he told the publication. “Initially, I begged my sister not to go public again and to avoid speaking to reporters about it. I’m ashamed of that, too. With sexual assault, anything’s easier than facing it in full, saying all of it, facing all of the consequences.”
He continued: “But when Dylan explained her agony in the wake of powerful voices sweeping aside her allegations, the press often willing to be taken along for the ride, and the fears she held for young girls potentially being exposed to a predator, I ultimately knew she was right. I began to speak about her more openly, particularly on social media. And I began to look carefully at my own decisions in covering sexual assault stories.
“I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at five-years-old, was troubled by our father’s strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb – behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.”