Dylan Farrow ‘heartened’ by support after writing about Woody Allen sexual abuse


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Mia Farrow (right) with her daughter Dylan Farrow years ago. Now at 28-years-ancient Dylan has opened up about the alleged sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her adopted father Woody Allen.

Dylan Farrow is grateful for the expression of support she’s received after breaking the silence about the sexual abuse she allegedly endured at the hands of her father Woody Allen.

“She’s really heartened by the response and support she’s getting,” Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times columnist who broke the report, told People on Sunday.

The 28-year-ancient daughter of actress Mia Farrow, who was adopted by Allen, has been living in Florida under a different name.

“She was nervous about what the reaction would be to an essay so personal,” Kristof added. “But she put herself out there.”


Woody Allen (left) with (left to right) Dylan Farrow, actress Mia Farrow and Satchel Farrow. Dylan penned an open letter describing how she was sexually abused by Allen.

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Woody Allen (left) with (left to right) Dylan Farrow, actress Mia Farrow and Satchel Farrow. Dylan penned an open letter describing how she was sexually abused by Allen.

Farrow left no stone unturned in her explosive report detailing Allen’s alleged pedophilia, which left her frightened for “more than two decades.” In fact, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2013 after first reportedly suffering from the sexual abuse at 7 years ancient.

“When I was seven years ancient, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like garret on the second floor of our household,” Farrow’s open letter read.

“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric teach set. Then he sexually assaulted me,” she added. “To this day, I find it hard to look at toy trains.”

On Jan. 12 Allen, who did not attend the Golden Globes, was awarded the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award, which Diane Keaton open.


Woody Allen and Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow in 1989.

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Woody Allen and Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow in 1989.

“I cannot abide by the judgment of other people,” Allen told ABC News in 1974 about why he prefers not to attend awards presentations. “If you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.”

It’s a good guess that Farrow did not think Allen was deserving of such recognition. In fact, after hearing he was honored, “she curled up in a ball on her bed, crying hysterically.”

“(The assault was) far worse than people know,” she wrote in her letter. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I started cutting myself.”

Now as she exposes the dark secrets from her childhood, Farrow has found a moment to express joy in the support she’s received thus far.

“She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence,” Kristof added.

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