It’s not that I don’t think a human being who is accused of something does not have the right to respond or defend himself But the possibility that Woody Allen may use the New York Times op-ed page to respond to the sexual abuse allegations published on Sunday by his daughter Dylan Farrow is veering into “He Said/She Said” realm that should make us all feel uncomfortable.
Margaret Sullivan, the ombudsman for The New York Times, wrote on her blog this afternoon that Allen’s “people” approached the editorial page about writing a response, which would possibly run in the new few days.
The thing is, Woody Allen and his defenders have already had plenty of “responses” already. His lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, was on “The Today Show” on Monday morning, claiming Mia Farrow “planted” the sexual abuse story in Dylan’s head as an “impressionable” seven-year-old. Allen’s adopted son Moses Farrow, who is estranged from his mother and Dylan, also gave an interview with People magazine making similar statements.
In any case, the Times‘ ombudsman noted that it isn’t certain the paper will publish the piece:
“Normally, we don’t publish a direct response” as a full Op-Ed article, Mr. Rosenthal said, but as a smaller and less prominent letter to the editor. “In this case, it was so personal, we thought that we should.”
I’m assuming the paper means, generally, a response depends on how well it’s written and what it says. But this is Woody freakin’ Allen. I would be very, very surprised if the Times doesn’t publish whatever he writes (even if they do run it by hella lawyers first). And that’s what’s sort of despairing to me about this whole thing: it’s invariably going to end up like a “He Said/She Said” debate. The “she,” of course, will be both Dylan Farrow and Mia Farrow, who is apparently a master brainwasher if Allen’s camp is to be believed. The fact remains, though, there’s really nothing that Woody Allen can say that will make me believe his word over that of the young woman who is accusing him. I believe people when they say they’ve been sexually abused.
Maybe Woody Allen will address Dylan’s call-out of celebrities who’ve acted in his films, like Diane Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett. Maybe he will address the personal darkness that has followed him in his twisted (although his supporters would say “colorful”) life.
But please, God and The New York Times, don’t give him the Op-Ed page to call his daughter a liar.
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