Ahead of the premiere of Woody Allen’s “Café Society” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, his son Ronan Farrow penned a column in The Hollywood Reporter that took on the media for not asking the director hard enough questions about his sister’s Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against Allen. Now, filmmaker and Allen’s biographer Robert Weide has penned an open letter to Farrow sharply criticizing his column, calling it “disingenuous, irresponsible, and even dangerous,” and proceeds to address Farrow’s argument at length.
Weide first criticizes Mia Farrow for her statement in Roman Polanski’s probation report, which implies “the director’s artistic talent outweighed the damage he may have caused to the young girl who was then struggling for credibility, even after Polanski’s admission of guilt.” He also addresses the statutory rape accusations against Mia Farrow’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz, the molestation charges against Mia’s brother, and Moses Farrow’s accusations of physical abuse against his mother. “For someone who’s concerned with abuse victims ‘everywhere,'” Weide openly asks Ronan, “you seem to be less than universal about the cases you feel warrant public scrutiny.”
He then criticizes Ronan Farrow’s comparison between the allegations against Allen and the ones against comedian Bill Cosby, saying that it would be “laughable under less tragic circumstances.” Weide says, “In your father’s case, there was a single accusation concerning a single alleged incident, raised by an ex-lover during a contentious custody battle. Obviously, the accusation of a single crime should warrant the same attention as a spate of serial abuses. But how can you brush aside the obvious fact that Cosby’s accusers, until very recently, never had their day in court, when your mother, on your sister’s behalf, had months in court as well as unlimited and well-utilized media access?”
Weide also brings up Moses Farrow’s previous statements regarding the abuse allegations when he categorically denied that Allen ever molested his sister and said that Dylan “never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him.” Though Weide believes that it’s “essential that when anyone claims abuse, [they] should believe the accuser first, and ask questions later,” but he wonders why Ronan would “advocate doing only the former and not the latter? Are there two sides to every story except yours?”
For Weide’s full open letter, follow the link above. Woody Allen’s latest film “Café Society” opens in theaters on July 15th.