In an emotional open letter published last year in The New York Times, Dylan Farrow detailed the incidents of abuse when she was just seven years old.
What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?” she wrote.
“Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”
The revelations rocked and ultimately split Hollywood, even though they are more than 20 years old.
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the hit HBO show “Girls,” who is outspoken on women’s rights, called Allen “disgusting” and “nauseating.”
On the flip side, actress Scarlett Johansson, called Farrow “irresponsible” for publishing her letter and said the allegations against Allen were “guesswork.”
Johansson was particularly perturbed because Farrow called out actors and actresses by name in the letter for working with her alleged abuser.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson?” Farrow wrote.
Now add to that list Stewart.
She is reportedly set to star with Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis in an as yet unnamed project, although the report is unconfirmed.
Stewart’s decision to appear in the film is significant because of her outspokenness on feminist issues.
“A lot of girls nowadays are like, ‘Eww, I’m not like that.’ They don’t get that there’s no one particular way you have to be in order to stand for all of the things feminism stands for,” she told Wonderland magazine.
If feminism stands against anything it’s violence and sexual abuse against women and children.
One of the issues that Farrow noted in her letter was how difficult it is for children to be believed when they claim they have been sexually abused by someone close to them.
Despite the controversy, Allen has had no problem making films or attracting A-list actors to appear in them. His latest film, the upcoming mystery comedy-drama “Irrational Man” will star Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey.
Allen was nominated for a best screenplay Oscar for his 2012 comedy-drama “Blue Jasmine,” and Blanchett won a best actress Oscar for her role. Baldwin and Lewis C.K. also appeared in the movie.
Dylan went public because Allen had been nominated. While she knew Hollywood would turn a blind eye to his alleged transgressions, she thought at least feminists would support her.
She probably didn’t realize some are just feminists because it’s cool.
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