Ronan Farrow Penned A Letter Indicting Woody Allen — And Woody Allen Responded

The neurotic man of my nightmares Woody Allen has responded to his son Ronan Farrow after Farrow published a letter yesterday excoriating Woody Allen for his history of sexual abuse. The column titled, “My Father, Woody Allen and the Danger of Questions Unasked” was published early yesterday morning in The Hollywood Reporter.

Written over two years after his sister Dylan Farrow penned a New York Times article about being sexually abused by Woody Allen, Ronan’s letter explicitly expressed that he stands by and supports his sister while also indicting the Hollywood PR machine that protects high-profile predators like Allen.

He explicitly detailed how many times Dylan’s story was downplayed due to Allen’s status.

“When The New York Times ultimately ran my sister’s story in 2014, it gave her 936 words online, embedded in an article with careful caveats. Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, put it on his blog.”

Ronan pointed out how the space given to Dylan was tiny in comparison to the ample expanse given to Woody Allen’s response:

“Soon afterward, the Times gave her alleged attacker twice the space — and prime position in the print edition, with no caveats or surrounding context. It was a stark reminder of how differently our press treats vulnerable accusers and powerful men who stand accused.”

Because it is imperative that we feed the media machine, reporters have been pestering Woody Allen for a response to Ronan’s letter.

At Cannes Film Festival for his film Cafe Society, when asked by reporters if he had any rebuttal to Ronan’s essay, Allen shrugged and said he “doesn’t read anything about himself.”

Referencing the years of fall-out from his sexual abuse (that he vehemently still denies), Allen went on to say:

“I never read anything about me, these interviews I do, anything. I said everything I had to say about that whole issue in The New York Times. I have moved so far past it. I never think about it. I work. I said I was never going to comment on it again. I said everything I have to say about it.”

This sounds like a pretty clear way of communicating that he’s exhausted from repeating his own lies Either that or he knows his evil PR Machine will continue to protect him at all costs. In a move that feels particularly stupid, even for her,  Blake Lively stood up for Woody Allen after French comedian Lauren Lafitte made a rape joke about Allen’s history. Because of his privilege and ability to get away with this shit, there’s no incentive to stick his neck back out there. Either way, I hope he gets his due one day.