Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin have both responded to sex abuse allegations made against director Woody Allen by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, after the young woman named both actors in a gutting open letter penned for the New York Times.
The letter, published Saturday (Feb. 1), is the first time Farrow has publicly written about the allegations first levied against Allen more than 20 years ago. In 1992, Allen was accused of molesting his and Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan, who was 7 years old at the time. No charges were ever filed against the famed director.
"Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime," she wrote. "That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself. That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, 'who can say what happened,' to pretend that nothing was wrong."
At the end of her missive, she targeted Allen's professional peers.
"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?"
Blanchett, who stars in Allen's Oscar-nominated film "Blue Jasmine," responded to Farrow's letter when asked about it at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Saturday (Feb. 1).
"It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace," Blanchett said, per the Guardian.
Baldwin, who also appears in "Blue Jasmine," was targeted with tweets about Farrow's letter. He lashed out at fans who said he owes Farrow an apology, Us Weekly noted.
"@ABFalecbaldwin don't you think maybe you owe #DylanFarrow an apology?," one Twitter user wrote, according to Us, to which he replied, "What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?"
When another highlighted how he is the father of two daughters, Baldwin retorted, "You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue."
Both tweets have since been deleted.
Allen has since responded to Farrow's letter, calling it "untrue and disgraceful."