— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 1, 2014
Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. In a scathing open letter to The New York Times, Farrow accuses Allen of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old in 1993. The letter also takes aim at some of the stars of Allen’s movies claiming they’re guilty of turning a blind eye to her plight and the plight of sexual assualt victims.
Allen was never charged in relation to Farrow’s claims. During a grueling custody hearing in 1993, Dylan Farrow’s claims were discredited by the family’s nanny and the doctor who headed the investigation in the abuse claims.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. She Has Remained Silent For Years
Accusations that Allen had abused Farrow first appeared in 1993 during the time that the director and Mia Farrow were in the process of a messy and public break-up. The couple split after Mia Farrow discovered Allen and her adopted daughter, Soon Yi-Previn, had been having an affair. The open letter in the Times was the first time that Dylan Farrow had ever written publicly about it.
2. Ronan Farrow Has Been Vocal About His Support For His Sister
On Sunday, just before the Super Bowl, he brother, Ronan Farrow, tweeted his support for his sister:
I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 2, 2014
Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 13, 2014
3. She Was One of Allen & Farrow’s Many Adopted Children
Dylan Farrow was adopted by Allen and Mia Farrow during the 1980s. Originally, Dylan was christened “Eliza.” Mia said in a 2003 interview about the name change, “She was Eliza for a while, but she changed it. I don’t know why, by maybe it was an Irish thing.” The interview also states that she was looking at colleges.
4. She’s Now Happily Married With Kids
I don't care what anyone says, crème brûlée is the healthiest thing you can possibly eat. The blowtorch kills all the carbs.
— Malone Farrow (@Maloneyberry) October 3, 2011
5. Allen Has Tried To Contact Her Twice Since the Allegations First Arose
According to a Vanity Fair article, Allen tried to contact her twice, by mail. The second time is reported to have happened while Farrow was in her senior year in college. It was a stuffed evenlope of pictures of Allen and Dylan Farrow together. She says the envelope had a fake name as the return address, “Lehman.” The letter that accompanied the pics read:
I thought you’d want some pictures of us, and I want you to know that I still think of you as my daughter, and my daughters think of you as their sister. Soon-Yi misses you.