Dylan Farrow Responds to NYT Column

“To presume I invented this story & convinced myself of it is no less insulting than calling me a liar.”

Dylan Farrow and her supporters are outraged by a very reasonable New York Times column by Bret Stephens questioning Farrow’s oft-repeated insistence that her father, Woody Allen, molested her when she was 7. She should know and publicly concede that people in her shoes sometimes honestly misremember or misperceive what happened.

Farrow’s refusal to acknowledge that possibility makes her a poor spokesperson. She needs to up her game if she wants to be seen as credible. Farrow is whining that people who doubt her are making it harder for the next victim to come forward. But it’s her own fault, because by pretending her weak argument is strong, she’s causing fair-minded people to express skepticism. She might be accurately recalling and reporting, but her fake certainty is off-putting.

Moreover, Farrow has utterly failed to explain why it is the duty of actors to refuse to work with Allen. She carries on as if it is not only obvious to all sentient beings that she was sexually assaulted as she claims, but that it is an established custom for civilians to impose punishment when an accuser demands it. Farrow can rant in public all she wants, but her ordeal is essentially a private matter, and should be treated as such.