Dylan's day out. Dylan Farrow looked mellow, happy and unfazed by the sudden appearance of a photographer on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6, as she and her husband grabbed coffee at a Starbucks near their home in Florida. Although the redheaded 28-year-old — smiling in sunglasses, a black tank top, loose pants and ballet flats — is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, she has lived most of her adult life in complete anonymity.
Until last weekend, that is. Late Saturday, Feb. 1, the New York Times published an open letter from the Hollywood scion, in which she detailed, in her own words, the alleged, repeated sexual assault she suffered at age 7 at the hands of legendary filmmaker Allen, now 78.
In the bombshell letter, Dylan says she developed "an eating disorder" and cut herself years later; she explains that Allen's continued success and accolades in Hollywood adds to her "torment" as a survivor of his alleged abuse. "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," she writes.
"Today, I consider myself lucky," Dylan, now an artist and writer, assures readers. "I am happily married. I have the support of my amazing brothers and sisters. I have a mother who found within herself a well of fortitude that saved us from the chaos a predator brought into our home."
Allen, through his lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, has continued to vehemently deny his daughter's claims, and has reportedly asked the Times to publish a rebuttal that he plans to write.
"[Woody's] reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan," Abramowitz said on the Today Show earlier this week. "She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother and that memory is never going to go away. The fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago is totally understandable."
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