Those emails featured talking points ready-made to be converted into stories, complete with validators on offer — therapists, lawyers, friends, anyone willing to label a young woman confronting a powerful man as crazy, coached, vindictive.At first, they linked to blogs, then to high-profile outlets repeating the talking points — a self-perpetuating spin machine.He gave such good direction...” In 2016, as Allen debuted his film “Cafe Society,” stars Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively both defended the director.
Further, each year it appears as though another female actress praises the film auteur, now 81.
At the time, there was little more than a stalled lawsuit and several women with stories, all publicly discredited by Cosby's PR team. Some reporters have drawn connections between the press' grudging evolution on Cosby and a painful chapter in my own family's history.
It was shortly before the Cosby story exploded anew that my sister Dylan Farrow wrote about her own experiences — alleging that our father, Woody Allen, had "groomed" her with inappropriate touching as a young girl and sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old.
Even now, I hesitated before agreeing to The Hollywood Reporter's invitation to write this piece, knowing it could trigger another round of character assassination against my sister, my mother or me.
But when Dylan explained her agony in the wake of powerful voices sweeping aside her allegations, the press often willing to be taken along for the ride, and the fears she held for young girls potentially being exposed to a predator — I ultimately knew she was right.