At least one person is not happy about the lifetime-achievement award given to Woody Allen at last night’s Golden Globe Awards.
Allen’s own son, Ronan Farrow, lashed out at the Oscar-winning filmmaker via Twitter.
Farrow’s acerbic tweet: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall.”
The tweet makes references to a claim made by Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan, who accused the director of molesting her 20 years ago.
Just to keep family matters clear, Farrow is the child Allen fathered with actress Mia Farrow (although a recent Vanity Fair story claims the real father was actually the late singer Frank Sinatra).
Allen’s former partner, actress Mia Farrow, also adopted several other children, Dylan included.
Allen and Farrow were together for 12 years and split upon Farrow discovering that Allen was having an affair with Soon-Yi, a daughter that she adopted before she began dating Allen. Soon-Yi is currently Allen’s wife.
During the process of Allen and Farrow uncoupling, Dylan said her adopted father inappropriately touched her. The subsequent court case was dismissed.
In the same Vanity Fair story, published last October, Dylan talked about the alleged incident.
“I’m scared of him, his image,” said the woman, who now goes under another name not revealed. “I have never been asked to testify. If I could talk to the seven-year-old Dylan, I would tell her to be brave, to testify.”
In the same article, Allen’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, said his client still denies the molestation allegations.
Which in a roundabout way brings us back to Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards, which included giving the Cecile B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to Allen, who, as per his wont, naturally chose not to attend.
The Allen tribute was delivered by Allen’s frequent muse Diane Keaton, who even sang a song in his honour, but it was fairly apparent some viewers skipped the segment.
Moments before the Allen tribute aired, Farrow went on Twitter to announce that she would be changing channels.
Farrow’s tweet: “Time to grab some icecream & switch over to #Girls” (the Lena Dunham show kicked off its third season during the second hour of the Golden Globes broadcast).
Farrow’s son Ronan, meanwhile, was sharper and more to the point in his tweet, which was immediately retweeted by his mother and other Twitter users.
Among them was Vanity Fair correspondent Luke Russert, who attached a link to the Vanity Fair article, along with the comment, “On Woody Allen don’t forget @LukeRsmom article w quotes frm the victim from his alleged sexual abuse.”
Toward the side of fairness, a considerable volume of other Twitter users noted that Allen’s personal life shouldn’t detract from his filmmaking achievements like Annie Hall, Manhattan and other movies.
“Woody is one of the greatest film directors and deserved the tribute,” tweeted one fan.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article referred to Mia Farrow as Woody Allen's ex-wife. They were in fact never married.
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