While the #TimesUp campaign has revealed a roster of newly questioned actors and directors, there is one director, in particular, that is dealing with accusations that aren't new. If anything, the level of speculation he's finally receiving is extremely overdue.
If you are unaware of the story behind Woody Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, the story is decades old. The well-loved and rewarded director came under fire over a story Farrow recounts happened in 1992 when she was only seven years old. She claims that Allen sexually assaulted and abused her. Ranging from acts like putting his head in her crotch and breathing there for several minutes, to one as horrifying as him instructing her to play with a toy train while he raped her.
The story is no news to Hollywood, as it's been publicly known as late as 2014 when Farrow wrote an open letter to the New York Times, asking for the condemning of the director. Though her words met little to no action in Hollywood, where Allen continued to book directing jobs and push out feature films starring the likes of Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake and just this past Summer, Selena Gomez.
Though with the #TimesUp movement growing after Golden Globes weekend, the call for actors to even just acknowledge the allegations against Allen grew so loud that now countless actors have vocally disassociated themselves from the director. Only now did Farrow get to speak in front of a camera in her first on-TV interview with CBS to recount her experience, and hope that the new movement results in his dismissal from Hollywood:
While the interview aired only last night, this past week alone has seen the decades-old Allen allegations gaining more traction in the film industry than ever. Many are even wondering if the director's most recently filmed movie, A Rainy Day In New York, will even hit theatres after one of the stars, Timotheé Chalamant was quoted saying "when the movie, if the movie comes out."
While Allen maintains his innocence, claiming that his ex-wife, Mia Farrow, brainwashed Dylan into believing the stories she says are true, the speculation behind Allen has always been high. Especially in light of his vault of denied movie plot ideas all containing explicit relationships between extremely young girls and older men, one where he was even planning to play the role of the older man in a relationship with a 13 year old.
With Farrow finally getting the biggest chance in her lifetime to tell her story, it will be interesting to see how Hollywood responds in the current climate. As well it will definitely be interesting to see if A Rainy Day In New York ever hits the screens, considering it wrapped filming this past Summer and stars Selena Gomez, who has been met with considerable backlash over her choice to ignore her team and mother's advice to decline the role but instead took it.