For the first time since she penned her letter to the New York Times about the alleged sexual abuse she has accused her adoptive father Woody Allen of, Dylan Farrow has spoken to People about both the charges she has made and the backlash.
Farrow’s critics have accused her of writing the letter as a means of sabotaging her father and his career, but she insists this isn’t the case. “I’ve been hearing that a lot,” Farrow told People. “I’m happy to answer that. My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.”
After the letter caused a huge media outcry, 78-year-old Allen vehemently denied the allegations via his publicist, who said, “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful.”
Dylan Farrow told People she knew there would be some backlash, but she didn’t know exactly how much she would go on to receive.
“I knew there were people saying I was a liar and that this was part of some smear campaign – some bitter vendetta of my mother’s,” Farrow said. “I didn’t realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude.”
When her brother, 36-year-old Moses Farrow, publicly defended Allen in Time magazine, Farrow was devastated. She sobbed to People as she said, “My brother has broken my heart. Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts. These lies – this betrayal – is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with.”
But in the midst of a publicity superstorm, Farrow has come to rely on her other family members and closest friends, who have been nothing but supportive.
“I love my family so much,” she said. “We are a strong family. We are a loving family. We are a brave family. We are fighters. I love my mother so much.”
The full interview can be read here.