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Dylan Farrow renews Woody Allen abuse claims

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-02

Dylan Farrow has renewed allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father Woody Allen, claiming the director assaulted her when she was 7. The accusations come one month before Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' competes at the Oscars ceremony.

In an open letter to The New York Times posted online on Saturday, Dylan Farrow made her first public comments about the 1992 incident. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood's continued embrace of Allen.

“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,'' wrote Farrow. “I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls.''

The letter comes not long after Allen was honored at the Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.

The New York Times reported that Allen declined comment. Representatives for Allen and for former partner Mia Farrow did not immediately return requests for comment from The Associated Press. Allen has long maintained his innocence.

In the letter, Dylan Farrow claims that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a “dim, closet-like attic'' and “then he sexually assaulted me". Farrow didn't specify Allen's actions but described other abusive behavior.

Farrow said Allen would have her get in bed with him, and at other times “place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.''

“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like,'' said Farrow. “These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.''

Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

In her letter, Dylan Farrow addressed the actors who appeared in Allen’s latest film ‘Blue Jasmine’: “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?“

The 2013 movie has earned three Academy Award nominations, including a screenwriting nomination for Allen, and the Oscars will be presented on March 2nd.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2014-02-02

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