Ronan Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and Dylan’s step-brother called out both young stars in an emotional statement appearing in The Hollywood Reporter.
IM broke the story a week ago. We reported how Allen sent creep-o-meters soaring after drooling over Cyrus in a THR interview.
In an emotional open letter published in The New York Times two years ago, Dylan Farrow for the first time detailed the incidents of abuse when she was just seven years old. Allen was investigated but never charged and has steadfastly maintained his innocence.
Cyrus has signed on to make a series of short films for amazon.com, according to a recent announcement.
Stewart caused an uproar in March a year ago when the purported “feminist” signed on to Woody Allen’s new film “Cafe Society,” which is opening the Cannes Film Festival this month.
If feminism stands against anything it’s violence and sexual abuse against women and children.
Yet, one of the issues Dylan 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, or worse, someone famous.
Ronan Farrow echoed that theme in his statement, noting how Hollywood and even today’s young actresses have turned a blind eye to the allegations.
“Old-school media’s slow evolution has helped to create a culture of impunity and silence. Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. ‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is — for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction.”
Apparently Stewart was not unaware of the controversy when she signed on to the Allen film.
She recalled in a Variety interview last week, asking “Cafe Society” co-star Jesse Eisenberg about his opinion on the situation.
“I was like, ‘What do you think? We don’t know any of these people involved. I can personalize situations, which would be very wrong.’ At the end of the day, Jesse and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of sh*t that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it.”
Stewart, Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carell and other cast members will be in Cannes to help promote the film. “They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done,” wrote Ronan Farrow.
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t,” he added.
So far none of the cast members has directly addressed the allegations, although contrary to Ronan’s view, they are sure to get asked about it at the film festival.
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