Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen

02/01/2014 at 06:00 PM EST

Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen
Mia Farrow and Woody Allen with baby Satchel (now named Ronan) and adopted daughter Dylan.
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There was a lot of debate earlier this month after Woody Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

While many applauded the honor, some – including his ex, Mia Farrow, and their son, Ronan Farrow – were outraged, claiming it was inappropriate to laud a man who'd been accused of child molestation years ago.

Now the person who was at the center of those allegations – Allen and Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan – is speaking out in an open letter published in part in the New York Times.

The charges arose in 1992, when the director was accused of touching the then-7-year-old inappropriately. He claimed that Farrow had come up with the allegations out of anger over his affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Farrow Previn (who later became his wife). The claims were investigated, but a Connecticut prosecutor decided not to pursue charges because Dylan was too "fragile" to withstand a trial.

After a fierce custody battle, in 1993 a judge awarded Farrow custody of the children and denied Allen visitation with Dylan.



But Dylan – who previously spoke about the allegations in a Vanity Fair interview in October – claims in her letter (which can be read in full here) that the assault happened and it was far worse than people know.

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Dylan Farrow in 2012

Courtesy Mia Farrow

"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," she says. "I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself."

"That torment was made worse by Hollywood," she continues. "All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye … Each time I saw my abuser's face – on a poster, on a T-shirt, on television – I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart."

Now 28, happily married and living in Florida under a different name, Dylan says she's speaking out because she wants to set the record straight. "I was thinking, if I don't speak out, I'll regret it on my death bed," she says.

"This time, I refuse to fall apart," she adds. "For so long, Woody Allen's acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. But the survivors of sexual assault who have reached out to me … have given me a reason to not be silent, if only so others know that they don't have to be silent either."



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