Freida Pinto vows to never work with Woody Allen again because of the sexual abuse allegations made by his daughter Dylan Farrow
Freida Pinto has vowed to never work with Woody Allen again.
The 83-year-old director has long been accused of sexually abusing his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 when she was just seven years old, and the allegations have resurfaced in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Woody has always strongly refuted the allegations and has accused his ex Mia of inventing the story to hurt his reputation. In June he said, ‘I think in any situation where anyone is accused of something unjustly, this is a sad thing,’ he said.
No go: Freida Pinto has vowed to never work with Woody Allen again. Seen in 2010 in Canada
On set: Frieda, 34, played the character Dia in Allen’s 2010 drama comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
At the end of 2018, model Babi Christina Engelhardt claimed she’d had an eight-year affair with Woody which began back in October 1976 when he was 41 and she was just 16.
Frieda, 34, played the character Dia in Allen’s 2010 drama comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, however, she would not work with him again as she wants to show solidarity with those who have spoken out against the filmmaker and stated she’s sticking to what her ‘gut instinct’ tells her.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: ‘No absolutely not. I wouldn’t work with him because I’m in solidarity with women who have come out with their stories, whether they are proven or not. I’m just going to stick to what my gut instinct tells me.’
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Celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, who starred in two of Allen’s films, have also said they would not work with him again. She told Vanity Fair that the decades-old allegations should be revisited.
‘The only answer that I can give you with common sense that is not about a headline is, the case has to be looked at again,’ said Cruz, who worked alongside Allen on the set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The drama from the 25-year-old accusation has only continued thanks to a recent letter Allen’s son wrote in defense of his father.
Moses Farrow wrote a detailed blog post insisting that Allen did not molest Dylan and accusing their mother of being abusive and manipulative.
Moses, 39, was adopted by Mia Farrow from South Korea in 1980, and Allen adopted him as well in 1992, along with Dylan.
Mother and daughter: Dylan Farrow (L) and Mia Farrow attend 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time’s Most Influential People In The World red carpet in NYC
Just a few months later, Mia and Woody ended their 12-year relationship after it emerged that the filmmaker was having an affair with Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who is 35 years his junior.
During a bitter custody battle that ensued between Mia and Allen, allegations arose that the Manhattan director sexually assaulted Dylan when she was seven years old.
Allen, who went on to marry Previn in 1997, was investigated over the rape claims but was never charged. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Farrow won custody of the couple’s three children, and Allen was stripped of visitation rights with Dylan.
Moses, who now works as a therapist, writes that on August 4, 1992 – the day of the alleged assault – he was present in the family’s country house in Bridgewater, Connecticut, and that Allen was never allowed to be alone with Dylan.
The way they were: Farrow and Allen, their son Satchel and adopted daughter Dylan
‘Along with five kids, there were three adults in the house, all of whom had been told for months what a monster Woody was,’ he writes. ‘None of us would have allowed Dylan to step away with Woody, even if he tried.’
In her 2014 open letter published in the New York Times, which opened Allen to a new round of scrutiny, Dylan, now aged, 32, described in detail the alleged rape in the attic.
‘He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set,’ she recalled.
‘I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.’
But according to Moses, Dylan’s vivid narrative is riddled with falsities. He claimed there was no electric train in the attic because it was a cramped, unfinished crawl space where the children were not allowed to play.
‘The idea that the space could possibly have accommodated a functioning electric train set, circling around the attic, is ridiculous,’ Moses writes.
‘Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.’
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