Feb 17, 2014
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In Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow Case, 5 Links You Need to Read

In Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow Case, 5 Links You Need to Read

Woody Allen.

With Woody Allen nominated for an Academy Award for his original screenplay for “Blue Jasmine,” there won’t likely be any letup before the broadcast of Live Oscar Sunday March 2 in the tortured debate playing out—now largely in opinion columns—in the worldwide media: Did Allen sexually molest his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7, as Dylan claims?

Figures well-known and unknown continue to weigh in on the issue, employing different styles in attempts to come across as some combination of wise, sympathetic and authoritative.

Dylan—with the assistance of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof—got the ball on the decades-old allegations rolling again in earnest when the Times published her accusatory letter online and Kristof magnified the issue in a column.

Allen responded with a defense in the Times—a defense that contained a line that angered the then-Connecticut prosecutor who handled the Allen-Dylan Farrow case, and who ultimately filed no charges, while declaring that he had found probable cause to do so.

Since Dylan’s letter went online, the columns have poured in online, with most of them choosing sides between Allen and Dylan—and with most of them also betraying little serious familiarity with news stories on the case, and with key pieces of source material that, when read again, are both informative and, sometimes, shocking  anew.

If you want to skip the flood of opinion columns that seems to continue daily but want to know the facts about the case, here are links to stories that meet high journalistic standards, and to original case documents.

  1. Our comprehensive 1997 Connecticut Magazine story on then-prosecutor Frank Maco’s struggle with the allegations of sexual assault against Allen.
  2. The statement Maco issued when he ultimately decided against charging Allen, even though he stressed that he had found probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.
  3. Maureen Orth’s November 2013 Vanity Fair story on Mia Farrow and Dylan’s thoughts.
  4. Orth’s subsequent ‘10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation’
  5. The 33-page decision from the presiding judge in Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against Mia Farrow. It was Posted with Orth’s ‘10 Undeniable Facts’

After reading those, you will surely know whether you believe Allen or Dylan Farrow—and you will also likely have some strong ideas about the raft of opinion columns being floated by media outlets everywhere to keep the clicks coming in the two weeks until Live Oscar Sunday.

In Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow Case, 5 Links You Need to Read

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